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The Specified Risk Material (Inspection Charges) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Amendment of the Specified Risk Material Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

5.—(1) The Specified Risk Material Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) After regulation 9(9) (Initial treatment of bovine, sheep and goat carcases in a slaughterhouse) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(10) A person shall not sell the carcase of any ruminant animal for human consumption unless it has been subjected to the controls specified in—

(a)paragraph (9); or

(b)(in the case of the carcase of any sheep or goat consigned to an approved slaughterhouse or cutting premises pursuant to paragraph (2)(b)) regulation 15(4),

and found to comply with the requirements of these Regulations.

(3) After regulation 31 (enforcement) there shall be added the following regulation—

Withdrawal of inspections and supervision and suspension of authorisations

31A.(1) Where the Department has had judgement entered against the occupier or owner of any slaughterhouse, or any approved cutting premises, for any sum for which that person is liable or jointly and severally liable as a debt owed to the Department under regulation 3(2) of the Specified Risk Material (Inspection Charges) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and the occupier or owner concerned fails within a reasonable time to satisfy the judgement the Department may, without prejudice to any other legal remedy open to him—

(a)(where the debt owed has arisen in respect of any inspections and controls carried out at a slaughterhouse in accordance with regulation 9(9)) refuse to carry out any further inspections and controls at that slaughterhouse in accordance with that paragraph; and

(b)(where the debt owed has arisen in respect of any inspections carried out at an approved slaughterhouse or cutting premises in accordance with regulation 15(4)) suspend the approval of the slaughterhouse or cutting premises concerned,

in each case until such time as the judgement has been satisfied..

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