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Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 and shall come into operation on 16th July 2001.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Amendment of the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

2.  The Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998(2) shall be amended as provided in regulations 3 and 4.

Consignments posing a risk to health and illegal consignments

3.  For regulation 15(2) there shall be substituted the following provision—

(2) If an authorised officer has reasonable grounds for believing that any product of animal origin does not comply with animal or public health conditions relating to import into Northern Ireland or the European Community he may, subject to the following paragraphs, by means of a notice served on the person appearing to him to have charge of the consignment, prohibit the movement of the consignment except as specified in the notice, and either—

(a)order the destruction of those products; or

(b)if public or animal health considerations so permit, give the person on whom the notice was served the choice of destroying those products or using them for such other purpose as may be specified in the notice including returning them (with the authorisation of the competent authority of the country of the establishment of origin) to the country of origin..

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4.  For regulation 19(2) there shall be substituted the following provision—

(2) Where an authorised officer has reasonable grounds for believing that any product of animal origin does not comply with animal or public health conditions relating to import he may, by notice in writing, require the person appearing to be in charge of that product to destroy it or re-export it, in each case under the control and direction of the authorised officer..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 21st June 2001.

L.S.

R. S. Johnston

A senior officer of the

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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