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Meat (Disease Control) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Amendments to the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

2.  The Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(1) shall be amended as follows—

(a)in paragraph (3) of regulation 12 (general conditions)—

(i)the word “or” separating sub-paragraphs (c) and (d) shall be revoked;

(ii)the phrase “cutting premises;” shall be substituted for the phrase “cutting premises.” in sub-paragraph (d); and

(iii)the following sub-paragraphs shall be inserted after sub-paragraph (d)—

(e)fresh meat obtained from domestic sheep, goats or solipeds which have not been held in Community territory for at least 21 days on the date of slaughter, or from birth in the case of animals which are less than 21 days old;

(f)fresh meat obtained from animals which—

(i)come from a holding or area which, at the time of their departure from the holding or area concerned, was subject to a prohibition or restriction as a result of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, swine fever, swine vesicular disease or contagious swine paralysis (Teschen disease); and

(ii)are susceptible to the particular disease referred to in sub-paragraph (i) which led to the prohibition or restriction being imposed;

(g)fresh meat obtained from a slaughterhouse while that slaughterhouse was itself under restriction by virtue of an Order under the Diseases of Animals Order (Northern Ireland) 1981(2) following the confirmation there of foot and mouth disease, swine fever, swine vesicular disease or contagious swine paralysis (Teschen disease);

(h)(without prejudice to sub-paragraph (f)) fresh meat obtained from swine, sheep or goats originating from a holding which at the time of their departure from the holding concerned was subject to a prohibition for health reasons (as provided for by Article 4 of Council Directive 72/461/EEC(3) on health problems affecting intra-Community trade in fresh meat, as amended by amendments up to and including those effected by Council Decision 95/1/EC, Euratom, ECSC(4)) as a result of an outbreak of porcine, ovine or caprine brucellosis; or

(i)any fresh meat which has not been obtained, cut, stored and transported either separately or at a different time from the meat referred to in any of sub-paragraphs (e) to (h).;

(b)in Schedule 12 (health marking)—

(i)in paragraph 1, for “paragraphs 2 and 7”, there shall be substituted “paragraphs 2, 7 and 8”;

(ii)in paragraph 2, for “Regulation 12(3)”, there shall be substituted “any of sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) of paragraph (3) of regulation 12”;

(iii)the following paragraph shall be inserted at the end—

8.  In the case of the fresh meat referred to in any of sub-paragraphs (e) to (i) of paragraph (3) of regulation 12, the health mark required by paragraph 1 or 2 shall be—

(a)overstamped in such a way that it is covered by a diagonal cross consisting of two straight lines crossing at right angles, with the point of intersection in the centre of the stamp and the information thereon remaining legible; or

(b)applied with a single mark consisting of the health mark referred to in paragraph 1 or 2 overstamped in accordance with sub-paragraph (a)..

(3)

O.J. No. L302, 31.12.72 (Special Edition 1972 31 Dec (3) p. 3)

(4)

O.J. No. L1, 1.1.95, p. 1

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