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Fish Health Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Powers — diseases of molluscs

14.—(1) If a veterinary inspector has reasonable grounds for suspecting the presence of a disease listed in Schedule 1 amongst molluscs he may—

(a)by notice in writing served on the person appearing to have charge of any molluscs kept on such premises as are specified in the notice, prohibit the movement of any molluscs on to or off such premises; or

(b)by notice in writing served on any person appearing to him to be appropriate, prohibit the taking of any molluscs from any area as is specified in the notice,

except under the written authority of the Department.

(2) A notice served on any person under paragraph (1) shall remain in force until withdrawn by a further notice in writing served by a veterinary inspector on the same person.

(3) If the result of a test for the presence in any molluscs of a disease listed in Schedule 1 is positive, the Department may, by notice in writing served on the person appearing to have charge of those molluscs or any facilities or equipment which have or may have been in contact therewith—

(a)require the destruction of all infected or contaminated molluscs; and

(b)require the disinfection of such of those facilities and equipment as may be specified in the notice.

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