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Bee Disease Control Order (Northern Ireland) 1998

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American foul brood

7.—(1) If the report on the examination of a sample submitted under Article 4(2) or 5(1)(a) confirms the presence of American foul brood the Department may serve on the owner or person in charge of the hive from which the sample was taken a notice under paragraph (3).

(2) If, following an examination, an authorised person is satisfied that American foul brood is present in any hive and if the owner or person in charge of the hive agrees, then the authorised person may serve on the owner or person in charge a notice under paragraph (3) and the owner or person in charge shall signify his agreement by signing a copy of that notice which shall be retained by the authorised person.

(3) A notice under this paragraph shall require the owner or person in charge of the hive within such reasonable time as shall be specified in the notice—

(a)to destroy by fire any bees, combs (together with any honey contained in them) and quilts from the hive; and

(b)at his option either to destroy by fire the hive and any appliances which appear to an authorised person to be infected with or to have been exposed to infection with American foul brood or to treat the same in such manner and with such substance as shall be specified in the notice.

(4) Any form of destruction or treatment required to be carried out by a notice served under paragraph (3) shall be carried out by the person on whom the notice is served or by his duly authorised agent in the presence of an authorised person.

(5) Where a notice is served under paragraph (3) then any notice served under Article 5(2) shall remain in force until such date as the Department shall by subsequent notice determine.

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