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Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 and shall come into operation as follows—

(a)regulations 1 and 5 on 16th April 2001;

(b)regulations 2, 3 and 4 on 1st October 2001.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(1).

Amendment of regulation 3(1)

2.  In regulation 3(1) (application of provisions of the principal Regulations), for “regulations 4 and 5” there shall be substituted “regulations 4, 4A and 5”.

Insertion of regulation 4A and Schedule 1A

3.—(1) After regulation 4 of the principle Regulations there shall be inserted the following regulation—

Licences for butchers' shops

4A.  Schedule 1A (provisions relating to the licensing of butchers' shops) shall have effect..

(2) After Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations there shall be inserted as Schedule 1A the provisions set out in the Schedule.

Amendment of regulation 6(1)

4.  In regulation 6(1) (offences and penalties) of the principal Regulations, after “or 5,” there shall be inserted “or paragraph 2 of Schedule 1A”.

Transitional provision

5.  Before regulations 2, 3 and 4 come into operation—

(a)persons may apply for licences as if those regulations were in operation by submitting applications which comply with Schedule 1A to the principal Regulations, as set out in the Schedule to these Regulations;

(b)district councils—

(i)shall determine any such applications which they receive, give notices of determinations and, where appropriate, issue licences; and

(ii)may suspend or revoke any licence issued in respect of such an application and take any steps which they consider appropriate for the purposes of making determinations in relation to such applications and licences (including the inspection of premises and the receipt of charges),

as if the said Schedule 1A were in operation;

and any licence granted by a district council pursuant to such an application shall, subject to paragraph 10 of Schedule 1A, remain in force for a period of one year commencing with the later of the date on which it is issued or 1st October 2001.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 27th February 2001.

L.S.

W. B. Smith

Senior Officer of the

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

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