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Animal By-Products Order (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Part IManner of Sampling

Method 1

1.  In accordance with the following table, samples of approximately equal size shall be extracted evenly from the whole of the rendered material. These samples shall then be divided into groups of approximately equal numbers, the number of groups being the number of aggregate samples specified in the table. The samples in each group shall then be mixed together to form aggregate samples.

Total quantity of rendered material consigned from the premisesNumber of samples extractedNumber of aggregate samples obtained by mixing the relevant number of samples
Loose animal protein
up to 1 tonne71
1–2.5 tonnes72
2.5–10 tonnes√20 × weight of sampled portion in tonnes2
10–40 tonnes√20 × weight of sampled portion in tonnes3
over 40 tonnes√20 × weight of sampled portion in tonnes4
(maximum – 40 incremental samples)
Bagged animal protein
1–16 bags41
17–200 bagsNo. of bags of sampled portion2
201–800 bags√No. of bags of sampled portion3
over 800 bags√No. of bags of sampled portion4
(maximum – 40 incremental samples)

2.  Each aggregate sample shall be placed into a separate sterile receptacle and each shall be thoroughly mixed by stirring or shaking.

3.  Approximately equal amounts shall be taken from each aggregate sample and mixed so as to provide a single final sample of approximately 500 grammes. This final sample shall be transferred into a suitable sterile screw top container which shall then be sealed and marked to indicate its identity.

Method 2

1.  In accordance with the following table, samples of approximately equal size shall be extracted evenly from the whole of the rendered material. These samples shall then be divided into groups of approximately equal numbers, the number of groups being the number of aggregate samples specified in the table. The samples in each group shall then be mixed together to form aggregate samples.

Total consignments consigned from the premisesNumber of samples extractedNumber of aggregate samples obtained by mixing the relevant number of samples
Loose or bagged animal protein
1–5 consignments1 per consignment1
6–10 consignments1 per consignment2
11–15 consignments1 per consignment3
Over 15 consignments1 per consignment4

For the purpose of this method “consignment” means the total quantity of rendered material loaded onto a single vehicle or trailer.

2.  Each aggregate sample shall be placed into a separate sterile receptacle and each shall be thoroughly mixed by stirring or shaking.

3.  Approximately equal amounts shall be taken from each aggregate sample and mixed so as to provide a single final sample of approximately 500 grammes. This final sample shall be transferred into a suitable sterile screw top container which shall then be sealed and marked to indicate its identity.

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