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Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Notification of progeny of certain TSE suspect and confirmed animals

87.—(1) A person who has in his possession or under his charge any –

(a)first generation progeny of –

(i)a female bovine animal infected with a TSE;

(ii)a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal; or

(b)any embryos or ova derived from a female bovine animal infected with a TSE, or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal; or

(c)any semen derived from a bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal,

and any veterinary surgeon or other person who, in the course of his duties, examines or inspects any such progeny, semen, embryos or ova, shall, with all practicable speed, notify the fact to the Divisional Veterinary Officer.

(2) A person who has in his possession or under his charge on any premises any animal he reasonably suspects is an animal of first generation progeny of a female bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal, or any embryos or ova derived from a female bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal or any semen derived from a bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal shall detain it on the premises until it has been examined by a veterinary inspector.

(3) A person who, in the course of a laboratory examination of the carcase of any animal, or any semen, embryos or ova derived from an animal, reasonably suspects it is an animal of first generation progeny of a female bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal, or embryos or ova derived from a female bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal or semen derived from a bovine animal infected with a TSE or a BSE-confirmed ovine or caprine animal, shall –

(a)with all practicable speed, notify the fact to the Divisional Veterinary Officer;

(b)retain the sample examined and the remainder of the carcase or semen, embryos or ova until its disposal has been authorised in writing by a veterinary inspector; and

(c)if required in writing to do so by a veterinary inspector, surrender any samples, in whatever form, to such an inspector.

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