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Specified Bovine Material Order (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Part IRequirements to be met where specified bovine material is rendered

1.  The premises shall be adequately separated from the public road and other premises. Notwithstanding this, they may occupy the same site as premises rendering other animal products which are not specified bovine material provided that specified bovine material is stored, handled and processed separately from other animal material and by means of equipment used only for specified bovine material.

2.  Unauthorised persons and animals shall not be permitted to have access to the premises.

3.  Systematic measures shall be taken to control birds, rodents, insects and other vermin on the premises.

4.  The premises and equipment shall be kept in a good state of repair and measuring equipment shall be calibrated at regular intervals.

5.  The premises or part of the premises used to process specified bovine material must have a clean and an unclean section specified by the operator, adequately separated. The unclean section must have a covered place to receive and store the specified bovine material for processing and must be constructed in such a way that it is easy to clean and disinfect. Floors must be laid in such a way as to facilitate the draining of liquids. The premises must have adequate lavatories, changing rooms and washbasins for staff.

6.  The premises shall have sufficient capacity of hot water and steam production to render specified bovine material in accordance with the method in this Schedule chosen by the operator.

7.  The equipment used to render specified bovine material shall include—

(a)measuring equipment to check temperature and, if necessary, pressure at critical points;

(b)recording devices to record continuously the results of measurements;

(c)an adequate safety system to prevent insufficient heating.

8.  To prevent recontamination of processed specified bovine material by incoming specified bovine material, there must be clear separation between the area of the premises where the incoming specified bovine material is unloaded and rendered and the area set aside for further processing of the heated specified bovine material and the storage of finished specified bovine material products.

9.  The premises must have adequate facilities for cleaning and disinfecting the containers or receptacles in which unprocessed specified bovine material is received and the vehicles in which it is transported.

10.  Adequate facilities must be provided for disinfecting the wheels of any vehicle transporting specified bovine material immediately before it leaves the unclean section of the premises or, in any event, before its departure from the premises.

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