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The Food Safety (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Title and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Food Safety (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.

(2) This Order shall come into operation on the expiration of 2 months from the day on which it is made.

Interpretation

2.—(1) The [1954 c. 33 (N.I.).] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order “the principal Order” means the [1991 NI 7.] Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

Department of Agriculture

3.—(1) In Article 2(2) of the principal Order (interpretation)—

(a)for the definition of “the Department concerned” there shall be substituted—

“the Department concerned” means the Department or the Department of Agriculture or the Department and the Department of Agriculture acting jointly;;

(b)the definitions of “dairy farm”, “liquid milk plant” and “novel” shall cease to have effect.

(2) For Article 26(1) of the principal Order (enforcement of the Order) there shall be substituted—

(1) Subject to paragraph (1A), the provisions of this Order shall be enforced and executed by each district council within its district.

(1A) The Department of Agriculture shall enforce and execute such provisions of this Order as may be specified by order..

Regulations with respect to importation of particular foods

4.—(1) In Article 17 of the principal Order (special provisions for particular foods)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)at the end of sub-paragraph (a) the word “or” shall be omitted;

(ii)after sub-paragraph (b) there shall be inserted—

or

(c)for prohibiting the importation of any food of a class so specified,;

(iii)for the words “in either case” there shall be substituted “(in each case)”;

(iv)at the end there shall be inserted “and in the case of a prohibition on importation, is imported at an authorised place of entry”;

(b)after paragraph (2) there shall be inserted—

(2A) In this Article—

“authorised place of entry” means any port, aerodrome or other place of entry authorised by or under the regulations and, in relation to food in a particular consignment, includes any place of entry so authorised for the importation of that consignment;

“novel food” means any food which has not previously been used for human consumption in Northern Ireland, or has been so used to a very limited extent..

(2) Article 46 of the principal Order shall cease to have effect.

Registration of food premises

5.  In Article 18(1)(a) of the principal Order (registration and licensing of food premises) after “councils” there shall be inserted “or, as the case may be, the Department of Agriculture”.

Food hygiene training

6.  In Article 22 of the principal Order (provision of food hygiene training)—

(a)in paragraph (1) for the words from the beginning to “district” in the second place where it occurs there shall be substituted “The Department of Agriculture or, as the case may be, a district council (whether within or outside its district) may provide”;

(b)paragraph (2) shall cease to have effect;

(c)in paragraph (3) the words “or (2)” shall cease to have effect.

Enforcement of the Order, analysts and appeals

7.—(1) In Article 2(2) of the principal Order (interpretation), in the definition of “authorised officer”, after sub-paragraph (b), there shall be inserted—

(c)in the case of duties imposed on the Department concerned by virtue of a direction under Article 26(2), a person who is generally or specially authorised in writing by the Department concerned for the purposes of that direction;.

(2) In Article 26 of the principal Order (enforcement of the Order)—

(a)in paragraph (2) for “The Department” there shall be substituted “The Department concerned” and for “the Department” there shall be substituted “that Department or any person who is generally or specially authorised in writing by that Department”;

(b)in paragraph (4)—

(i)after “Department” there shall be inserted “concerned”;

(ii)the word “such” shall cease to have effect;

(iii)at the end there shall be added “under any provisions of this Order or any regulations or orders made under it”;

(c)paragraph (5) shall cease to have effect.

(3) In Article 27(6) of the principal Order (appointment of analysts by the Department of Agriculture) for “conferred on that Department by” there shall be substituted “of that Department under”.

(4) After Article 37(2) of the principal Order there shall be inserted—

(2A) The period within which such an appeal as is mentioned in paragraph (2) may be brought shall be—

(a)one month from the date on which notice of the decision L was served on the person desiring to appeal; or

(b)in the case of an appeal under paragraph (1)(a), that period or the period specified in the improvement notice, whichever ends the earlier..

(5) Articles 13 to 15 of the [1996 NI 11.] Deregulation and Contracting Out (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 shall apply for the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2)(a) as they apply for the purposes of Part III of that Order.

Codes of practice

8.  In Article 39 of the principal Order (codes of practice)—

(a)in paragraph (1) after “Department” there shall be inserted “concerned”;

(b)in paragraph (2)(b) after “Department” there shall be inserted “concerned”;

(c)in paragraph (3) after “Department” there shall be inserted “concerned”;

(d)in paragraph (4) for “the Department” in the first place where it occurs there shall be substituted “the Department concerned” and in the second place where it occurs there shall be substituted “that Department”.

Default powers

9.  In Article 41 of the principal Order (default powers)—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “the Department” in the first place, where it occurs there shall be substituted “the Department concerned” and in the second and third places where it occurs there shall be substituted “that Department”;

(b)in paragraph (2) after “Department” there shall be inserted q “concerned”;

(c)in paragraph (3) for “The Department” there shall be substituted “The Department concerned” and for “the Department” there shall be substituted “that Department”.

Fitness, etc., of food

10.  In paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to the principal Order (provision for regulating the treatment and disposal of food)—

(a)after “3” there shall be inserted “—(1)”;

(b)at the end there shall be inserted—

(2) Provision for the following, namely—

(a)for the registration by the Department of Agriculture of premises used or proposed to be used for the purpose of sterilising meat to which sub-paragraph (1) applies, and for prohibiting the use for that purpose of any premises which are not registered in accordance with the regulations; or

(b)for the issue by that Department of licences in respect of the use of premises for the purpose of sterilising such meat, and for prohibiting the use for that purpose of any premises except in accordance with a licence issued under the regulations..

Saving and repeals

11.—(1) Notwithstanding the repeal of the [1989 NI 6.] Food (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 by paragraph (2) and the Schedule the following Regulations shall have effect as if made under Article 15 of the [1991 NI 7.] Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, that is to say—

  • the [SR 1989 No. 448.] Meat (Sterilisation and Staining) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989;

  • the [SR 1991 No. 5.] Meat Inspection (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991;

  • the [SR 1991 No. 158.] Slaughterhouse (Hygiene) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991;

  • the [SR 1995 No. 136.] Bovine Offal (Prohibition) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995;

  • the [SR 1995 No. 457.] Specified Bovine Offal (Treatment and Disposal) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995;

  • the [SR 1995 No. 470.] Mechanically Recovered Meat Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995.

(2) The statutory provisions set out in the Schedule are hereby repealed to the extent specified in column 3 of the Schedule.

N. H. Nicholls

Clerk of the Privy Council

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