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Animal By-Products Order (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Authorisation and operation of laboratories

10.—(1) The Department shall authorise laboratories to carry out one or more of the tests in this Article if it is satisfied that they have the necessary facilities, personnel and operating procedures to do so.

(2) In deciding whether to grant or continue an authorisation, the Department may require the laboratory to successfully undertake any quality control tests as it shall reasonably think fit.

(3) The operator of an authorised laboratory carrying out tests on material submitted to him in accordance with this Order shall do so in accordance with this Article.

(4) A test for Clostridium perfringens shall be carried out in accordance with the method in Part II of Schedule 3 or (if specified in the authorisation) with a method which conforms with ISO 7937/1997 modified (BS EN-13401:1999) (Enumeration of Clostridium perfringens)(1).

(5) A test for Salmonella shall be carried out in accordance with one of the methods in Part III of Schedule 3 or (if specified in the authorisation) with a method which conforms with—

(a)ISO 6579/1993 (BS5763:Part 4:1993) (Detection of Salmonella)(2);

(b)BS EN-12824:1998 (Horizontal method for the detection of Salmonella)(3); or

(c)NMKL 71:1999(4).

(6) A test for Enterobacteriaceae shall be carried out in accordance with the method in Part IV of Schedule 3 or (if specified in the authorisation) with a method which conforms with ISO 7402/1993 (BS5763:Part 10:1993) (Enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae)(5).

(7) The operator of a laboratory authorised under this Article shall forthwith notify the Department and the operator of the rendering plant, in the event of tests establishing that the material does not comply with microbiological standards in Article 2(2).

(8) The operator of an authorised laboratory shall notify the Department on the last day of every month of the number, type and results of tests carried out.

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Published by the British Standards Institute, British Standards House, 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL

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(3)

Published by the British Standards Institute; see above

(4)

Published by the Nordic Committee on Food Analysis, National Veterinary Institute, Department of Food and Hygiene, PO Box 8156, N-0033, Oslo, Norway

(5)

Published by the British Standards Institute; see above

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