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The Food (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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  1. Introductory Text


    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation


    1. Composition and labelling of food

      1. 3.Offences as to preparation and sale of injurious foods

      2. 4.General protection for purchasers of food

      3. 5.Defences available in proceedings under Article 4

      4. 6.Regulations as to composition of food, etc.

      5. 7.Power of Department to obtain particulars of ingredients

      6. 8.Labels and advertisements describing food incorrectly

      7. 9.Regulations as to labelling and description of food

    2. Food unfit for human consumption

      1. 10.Prohibition on sale, etc., of food unfit for human consumption

      2. 11.Examination and seizure of suspected food

      3. 12.Food offered as prizes, etc.

      4. 13.Power to examine food in course of transit

      5. 14.Products of knackeries

    3. Hygiene

      1. 15.Regulations as to food hygiene

      2. 16.Power of court to disqualify person for carrying on a food business

      3. 17.Byelaws as to handling and sale of food

    4. Registration and licensing

      1. 18.Registration of manufacturers of, and traders in, ice-cream

      2. 19.Extension to other food businesses of provisions relating to registration, etc.

      3. 20.Licensing of vehicles, etc.

    5. Control of food premises

      1. 21.Interpretation (Articles 22 to 26)

      2. 22.Closure of premises

      3. 23.Emergency order for closure of premises

      4. 24.Compensation

      5. 25.Appeals

      6. 26.Saving for certain licensed uses of premises

    6. Special provisions as to certain foods

      1. 27.Regulations as to milk

      2. 28.Prohibition of sale of milk from diseased cows

      3. 29.Certain additions not to be made to milk and certain liquids not to be sold as milk

      4. 30.Cream substitutes

      5. 31.Sign to be displayed on premises, etc., where horseflesh is sold for human consumption

    7. Cold stores

      1. 32.Power to provide cold stores

    8. Food poisoning

      1. 33.Provisions as to suspected food


    1. Administration

      1. 34.Authorities responsible for enforcement

      2. 35.Meaning of “authorised officer”

    2. Sampling and analysis

      1. 36.Public analysts

      2. 37.Facilities for examination of food and drugs

      3. 38.Powers of sampling

      4. 39.Right to have samples analysed

      5. 40.Disposal of samples taken for analysis

      6. 41.Special provisions as to sampling of milk otherwise than by sampling officers

      7. 42.Special provisions as to sampling of milk by sampling officers

      8. 43.Power of Department to have foods analysed and examined

      9. 44.Provision for cases in which division into parts is impracticable

      10. 45.Examination by district councils of food not for sale

      11. 46.Quarterly reports of analysts

    3. Entry, obstruction, etc.

      1. 47.Power to enter premises

      2. 48.Power to enter vehicles, etc.

      3. 49.Powers of entry of Departments' officers

      4. 50.Persons obstructing execution of Order


    1. Legal proceedings and evidence

      1. 51.Offences

      2. 52.Prosecutions

      3. 53.Institution of proceedings by the Department

      4. 54.Evidence of analysis

      5. 55.Presumptions

      6. 56.Power of court to require analysis by Government Chemist

      7. 57.Contravention due to default of some other person

      8. 58.Conditions under which warranty may be pleaded as defence

      9. 59.Offences in relation to warranties and certificates of analysis

    2. Compensation

      1. 60.Disputes as to compensation under Part II

    3. Appeals against decisions of district councils

      1. 61.Right to carry on business pending appeal

    4. Continuation of licences

      1. 62.Temporary continuance of licence on death


    1. Application of this Order

      1. 63.Application to Crown

      2. 64.Application of Order for purposes of importation orders and regulations

    2. Provisions relating to district councils

      1. 65.Notices, etc., to be in writing; forms of notices, etc.

      2. 66.Proof of resolutions, etc.

      3. 67.Protection for officers acting in good faith

      4. 68.Default of district councils

    3. Miscellaneous

      1. 69.Powers under Order to be cumulative

      2. 70.Judges and justices of the peace not to be disqualified by liability to rates

      3. 71.Power of Department to hold inquiries and investigations

      4. 72.Orders and regulations (general)

      5. 73.Regulations for purposes of Community provisions

      6. 74.Expenses of sampling officers

      7. 75.Repeal or amendment of local enactments

      8. 76.Amendments, repeals, revocations and savings

  7. Signature


    1. Schedule 1

      Diseases of cows to which Article 28 applies.

    2. Schedule 2

      Enforcement and execution of orders and regulations made under the Food Act 1984.

    3. Schedule 3

      Consequential amendments.

    4. Schedule 4

      Repeals and revocations.

  9. Explanatory Note

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