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Animal By-Products (Identification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Meaning of “animal by-product”

3.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2), (3) and (4), for the purposes of these Regulations “animal by-product” means any carcase or part of a carcase which is not intended for direct human consumption and which—

(a)is derived from an animal which—

(i)has died;

(ii)has been killed in a knacker’s yard;

(iii)has been killed in a place other than a slaughter-house;

(iv)is stillborn or unborn;

(v)has been killed for reasons of disease control;

(vi)has been slaughtered for human consumption and, during the ante-mortem or post-mortem inspection carried out in connection with such slaughter, has shown signs of any disease communicable to humans or animals; or

(vii)has been slaughtered for human consumption but has not been presented for post-mortem inspection in accordance with the Hygiene Regulations;

(b)is spoiled in any way so as to present a risk to human or animal health; or

(c)contains residues of any substances which may pose a risk to human or animal health.

(2) In these Regulations, “animal by-product” does not include any animal excreta or catering waste or meat cooked or denatured at a knacker’s yard for use as food for animals whose flesh is not intended for human consumption.

(3) In these Regulations, the definition of “animal by-product” shall also include—

(a)any carcase or part of a carcase which is derived from a bovine animal which has been slaughtered for human consumption and has been shown to be more than 2½ years of age at the time of slaughter but was not accompanied, at the time of slaughter, by a slaughter certificate issued under regulation 5(1) of the Fresh Meat (Beef Controls) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(1) or a scheme made by the Department which provides an exception to the prohibition of sale of meat from bovine animals which are older than that age at slaughter;

(b)any carcase or part of a carcase which is unfit for human consumption.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3)(b)—

(a)a carcase or part of a carcase destined for, or coming from, a knacker’s yard situated in the United Kingdom;

(b)a carcase or part of a carcase which does not bear a mark to indicate that it has been inspected, and passed as fit for human consumption, by a person authorised under the Order, the Food Safety Act 1990(2) or the Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995;

(c)an imported carcase or part of a carcase which has not been imported in accordance with the Imported Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991(3), the Imported Food Regulations 1984(4) or the Imported Food (Scotland) Regulations 1985(5); and;

(d)a carcase or part of a carcase which has not been handled or kept in a hygienic manner,

shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be unfit for human consumption.


S.I. 1984/1918 as amended by S.I. 1997/2537


S.I. 1985/913 (s. 82) as amended by S.I. 1997/2537

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