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

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Initial treatment of bovine carcases in a slaughterhouse

8.—(1) When a bovine animal is slaughtered in a slaughterhouse, or slaughtered elsewhere than in a slaughterhouse but brought immediately to a slaughterhouse to be dressed for human consumption, the occupier of the slaughterhouse (in this regulation referred to as “the occupier”) shall ensure that all specified bovine material is removed from the rest of the carcase.

(2) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, the occupier shall ensure that specified bovine material (other than the head) which has been removed from a bovine animal is immediately, and in any event before it is frozen, stained.

(3) The occupier shall ensure that the head removed from a bovine animal is stained immediately, except that, if the tongue is to be removed from the head, this shall be done immediately after slaughter of the animal and the head shall be stained immediately after removal of the tongue.

(4) The occupier shall ensure that the specified bovine material does not come into contact with any other animal material while in the slaughterhouse and that it is disposed of in accordance with these Regulations.

(5) Material which is not specified bovine material may be separated from intestines which have been removed from the carcase before the intestines are stained.

(6) In the case of specified bovine material which is intended to be examined by or on behalf of an officer of the Department or a veterinary surgeon, the specified bovine material shall not be stained until after the completion of such examination.

(7) The requirement to stain specified bovine material shall not apply in the case of specified bovine material which is intended to be used for a manufacturing purpose in accordance with Article 8 of the SBM Order or regulation 16.

(8) In the case of a scheme animal, the occupier shall ensure that, once the specified bovine material has been removed, the remainder of the carcase (excluding the hide) is stained immediately with a 0.5% weight/volume solution of the colouring agent Tartrazine E102, Colour Index No. 19140, in such a way that the colouring is clearly visible over the whole surface.

(9) The occupier of any slaughterhouse where specified bovine material is removed from the carcases of bovine animals shall, in consultation with an authorised officer, establish a staff training programme to train persons employed in the slaughterhouse to comply with the requirements of these Regulations which relate to the activities they perform on those premises.

(10) The occupier of any slaughterhouse shall permit an authorised officer or a person acting under their responsibility to—

(a)inspect the carcase of any bovine animal slaughtered there, so as he can check whether the requirements of these Regulations have been complied with in relation to it; and

(b)mark each carcase which has been so checked and found to comply with the requirements of these Regulations,

and shall give to the authorised officer such reasonable assistance as he may require for the purpose.

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