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Animal By-Products Order (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Sampling the rendered product

9.—(1) If rendered material is intended for use in feeding stuffs (other than petfood) then the operator of a rendering plant shall act in accordance with this Article.

(2) The operator shall establish and use an identification system which makes it possible to identify each rendered batch.

(3) In the case of rendered material derived from high risk material, the operator shall, once every week—

(a)take from the outlet of each cooker in use at the premises a sample of at least 50 grammes of freshly rendered proteinaceous material; and

(b)send the sample to an authorised laboratory for testing for Clostridium perfringens.

(4) In the case of all rendered material, the operator shall, on each day that the material is despatched from the premises—

(a)take samples of the rendered proteinaceous material using one of the methods specified in Part I of Schedule 3 and aggregate the samples to produce a final sample in accordance with that method; and

(b)send the final sample to an authorised laboratory for testing for Salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae.

(5) Whenever an operator sends a sample to an authorised laboratory, he shall send with the sample the following information in writing—

(a)the name and address of the premises at which the sample was taken;

(b)the date on which the sample was taken; and

(c)the identity of the sample.

(6) If the test demonstrates that the rendered material does not comply with the microbiological standards in Article 2(2), then the operator shall—

(a)notify the Department immediately of the full details of the nature of the sample and the lot from which it was derived;

(b)ensure that no further rendered material suspected or known to be contaminated is moved from the premises unless—

(i)he takes all necessary measures to ensure that it is not used for feeding stuffs; or

(ii)it has been re-rendered under the supervision of the Department and re-sampled and re-tested by the Department, and re-testing has shown that the re-rendered material complies with the microbiological standards in Article 2(2);

(c)establish the causes of failure of compliance;

(d)increase the rate of sampling and testing of rendered material; and

(e)instigate appropriate decontamination and cleaning procedures within the premises.

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