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Bee Disease Control Order (Northern Ireland) 1998

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European foul brood

8.—(1) If the report on the examination of a sample submitted under Article 4(2) or 5(1)(a) confirms the presence of European foul brood the Department may—

(a)serve on the owner or person in charge of the hive from which the sample was taken a notice requiring him within such reasonable time as shall be specified in the notice either—

(i)to destroy by fire any bees, combs (together with any honey contained in them) and quilts from the hive and, 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 European foul brood or to treat the same in such manner and with such substance as shall be specified in the notice; or

(ii)to treat any bees from the hive in such manner and with such substance as shall be specified in the notice;

(b)serve on the owner or person in charge of any bees which appear to an authorised officer likely to have come into contact with bees from the hive (referred to in this sub-paragraph as “contact bees”) a notice requiring the treatment of the contact bees by such method, with such substance and within such reasonable time as shall be specified in the notice; and should any of the bees in a hive containing contact bees die before the treatment can be administered the Department may serve a further notice on the owner or person in charge of that hive requiring him, within such reasonable time as shall be specified in the notice, to destroy or treat the dead and remaining bees, their associated combs (together with any honey contained in them) and quilts and, at his option, either to destroy by fire that hive and any appliances which appear to an authorised officer to be infected with or to have been exposed to infection with European foul brood or to treat the same in such manner and with such substance as shall be specified in the notice.

(2) Where any bees have been treated in accordance with paragraph (1) such bees together with their associated combs and hives shall for a period of eight weeks following the termination of such treatment be retained in the custody or under the control of the owner or the person in charge of the hives containing the said bees at the time when such treatment was carried out and during that period a person shall not remove any combs or bee-products from any of the said hives.

(3) The Department may exempt any person from the requirements contained in paragraph (2) by a licence and in accordance with the terms and conditions (if any) subject to which the licence is issued.

(4) Any form of destruction or treatment required to be carried out by a notice served under paragraph (1) 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; but the treatment of any bees shall be carried out by an authorised person.

(5) Where a notice is served under paragraph (1) 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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