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Bovines and Bovine Products (Trade) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Production of controlled bovine by-products

4.—(1) A person shall not use any premises for the production of a controlled bovine by-product of any type unless he ensures that it is produced in an establishment registered by the Department under paragraph (2) for the production of by-products of that type.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), the Department shall register an establishment in respect of such types of controlled bovine by-products as are specified in the registration if, and only if, following an inspection of that establishment by a veterinary inspector, it is satisfied that—

(a)any controlled bovine by-products of the type referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c) of the definition of that term in regulation 2(2) produced there are produced in accordance with the appropriate conditions specified in Annex I to the Council Decision; and

(b)any other controlled bovine by-products produced there are produced using tallow produced in establishments registered under this paragraph.

(3) An application for registration of any establishment under paragraph (2) shall be made in such a form and shall contain such information as the Department may require.

(4) A person shall not produce—

(a)a controlled bovine by-product except in accordance with any conditions specified in the Council Decision which apply to controlled bovine by-products of that type;

(b)any controlled bovine by-product where vertebral column derived from any bovine animal was used in the production; and

(c)any controlled bovine by-product referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e) of the definition of “controlled bovine by-products” in regulation 2(2), unless it is produced under the control of an inspector appointed by the Department.

(5) In the case of any controlled bovine by-products produced in an establishment registered under paragraph (2)—

(a)the identity of that establishment; and

(b)the method by which that by-product was produced,

shall be clearly indicated, either by means of a label affixed to the by-product on its packaging or in commercial documentation accompanying it.

(6) The operator of an establishment registered under paragraph (2) shall give the Department prior written notice of any material change in the identity of any of the suppliers of materials used by him in the production of controlled bovine by-products or of the facilities or processes used at that establishment in producing such by-products.

(7) The operator of an establishment registered under paragraph (2) shall ensure that—

(a)any person employed by him, or any person invited to the establishment, complies with the provisions of these Regulations relating to the registration of the establishment;

(b)at all stages of the preparation at the establishment of controlled bovine by-products of any type, the provisions of these Regulations relating to the preparation of by-products of that type are complied with; and

(c)any inspector, and any person acting under the responsibility of an inspector, is provided with adequate facilities so as to enable him to carry out his functions under these Regulations and that he is given such reasonable assistance and access to records as he may at any reasonable time require for the purpose.

(8) Where in relation to any establishment registered under paragraph (2)—

(a)the requirements of that paragraph are no longer satisfied; or

(b)the operator has failed to give any notice required of him under paragraph (6),

the Department may withdraw the registration relating to that establishment and, where it does so, it shall give notice to the operator of the fact and the reason for it.

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