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The Specified Bovine Material (Treatment and Disposal) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“approved” means approved by the Department;

“the Department” means the Department of Agriculture;

“intestines” means that part of the digestive tract of a bovine animal from the junction of the abomasum and the duodenum to (and including) the rectum;

“the Order” means the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991;

“pharmaceutical” does not include products intended for veterinary use;

“processed” means processed in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 of the SBM Order;

“the SBM Order” means the Specified Bovine Material Order (Northern Ireland) 1997(1);

“scheme animal” means a bovine animal—


which has been slaughtered pursuant to the purchase, slaughter and disposal scheme introduced under Commission Regulation (EC) No. 716/96(2) adopting exceptional support measures for the beef market in the United Kingdom; or


which, being an animal which has been exposed to the infection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the Department has caused to be slaughtered in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 10A of Part I of Schedule 2 to the Diseases of Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(3);

“sell” includes have in possession for sale or offer or expose for sale;

“slaughterhouse” means any building, premises or place for slaughtering animals the flesh of which is intended for sale for human consumption;

“specified bovine material” means—


subject to paragraph (d) of this definition, the head (including the brain but excluding the tongue), spinal cord, spleen, thymus, tonsils and intestines of a bovine animal six months old or over which has died in the United Kingdom or has been slaughtered there;


the thymus and intestines of a bovine animal two months old or over but less than six months old which has died in the United Kingdom or has been slaughtered there;


the thymus and intestines of a bovine animal under two months old which has been slaughtered in the United Kingdom for human consumption;


subject to paragraph (4), the head (including the brain and the tongue), spinal cord, spleen, thymus, tonsils and intestines of a scheme animal; and


specified solid waste,

and includes anything left attached to such material after dissection of the carcase and any animal matter which comes into contact with the material after it has been removed from the carcase, but does not include the whole carcase;

“specified solid waste” means any solid matter resulting from the slaughter of bovine animals, or from the subsequent processing of their carcases, which is collected in any part of the drainage system draining any place where specified bovine material is handled;

“stain” in relation to any material, except in regulation 8(8), means treat (either by immersion, spraying or other application) with a 0.5% weight/volume solution of the colouring agent Patent Blue V (E131,1971 Colour Index No. 42051(4)) in such a way that the colouring is clearly visible over the whole surface of the material;

“tallow” means fat derived from animal tissues by a process of cooking; and

“vertebral column” means the whole or any part thereof and includes the sacrum but does not include the coccygeal vertebrae.

(2) In these Regulations the expression “mechanical means” does not include the use of hand powered knives which do not use powered pressure or suction.

(3) The provisions of these Regulations shall apply to specified bovine material from a scheme animal, except that the provisions appearing in Column 1 of the Table in the Schedule shall apply only to the extent, and subject to the modifications, specified in Column 2 thereof.


O.J. No. L99, 19.4.96, p. 14


Paragraph 10A was inserted into S.I. 1981/1115 (N.I.) by S.R. 1990 No. 135


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