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Meat (Disease Control) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Amendments to the Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

3.  The Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(1) shall be amended as follows—

(a)in paragraph (3) of regulation 13 (general conditions) sub-paragraph (c) shall be replaced by the following—

(c)fresh meat which has been—

(i)marked in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 11; or

(ii)has not been obtained, cut, stored and transported separately or at a different time from meat which has been marked in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 11;;

(b)in regulation 13, after paragraph (3) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(3A) A person shall not consign or sell for consignment to any relevant EEA State, or a region of any relevant EEA State or a region of Great Britain, which has been recognised in accordance with Article 12(2) of Council Directive 90/539/EEC on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in, and imports from third countries of, poultry and hatching eggs(2), as amended by amendments up to and including those effected by Council Decision 95/1/EC, Euratom, ECSC, any meat which comes from a bird which has been vaccinated against Newcastle disease with a live vaccine during the 30 days preceding the date of slaughter.;

(c)in Schedule 11 (health marking), paragraph 6 shall be replaced by the following paragraph—

6.(1) Subject to paragraph 7, the health mark required by paragraph 1 or 4 shall be overstamped or applied as specified in sub-paragraph (2) in cases where fresh meat—

(a)is obtained from any bird which comes from a holding—

(i)in relation to which a notice has been served under Article 6 of the Diseases of Poultry Order (Northern Ireland) 1995(3) restricting movements to or from that holding; or

(ii)which, at the time of the bird’s departure from the holding concerned, was under restriction by virtue of an Order under the Diseases of Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 relating to any disease to which poultry is susceptible;

(b)is obtained from any bird which has come into contact with a bird suffering from avian influenza or Newcastle disease during transport from the holding to the slaughterhouse;

(c)is obtained from a slaughterhouse while that slaughterhouse is under restriction by virtue of an Order under the Diseases of Animals (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 relating to avian influenza or Newcastle disease; or

(d)is suspected or may reasonably be suspected of having been contaminated by avian influenza or Newcastle disease at the slaughterhouse, cutting premises, cold store or during transportation.

(2) The health mark 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 4, overstamped in accordance with paragraph (a) of this sub-paragraph ..

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