Search Legislation

Classical Swine Fever Order (Northern Ireland) 2003

 Help about what version

What Version

  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Classical Swine Fever Order (Northern Ireland) 2003 and shall come into operation on 1st October 2003.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order –

“carcase” means a pig carcase and includes part of a carcase;

“the disease” means classical swine fever;

“Divisional Veterinary Officer ” means a Divisional Veterinary Officer of the Department appointed for the time being by the Department to receive information about infected or suspected animals or carcases for the area in which such animals or carcases are located;

“farmed game handling facility” means any building, premises or place, other than a slaughterhouse, used for the purpose of slaughtering farmed game, the flesh of which is intended for sale for human consumption;

“feral pig” means a pig which is not kept or bred on a holding and is not in a slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or means of transport;

“holding” means any place where any pig is bred or kept on a permanent or temporary basis or has been kept within 56 days but does not include a slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or means of transport or fenced areas where feral pigs are kept and may be hunted;

“infected” means infected with disease;

“knacker’s yard” means any premises used in connection with the business of slaughtering, flaying or cutting up animals whose flesh is not intended for human consumption;

“meat” means the meat of a pig which is suitable for human consumption;

“pig” means an animal of the suidae family;

“pig product” means any product derived from the meat of a pig for human consumption;

“protection zone” means a protection zone established by the Department in accordance with Article 11;

“slaughterhouse” means any building, premises or place (other than a farmed game handling facility) for slaughtering animals the flesh of which is intended for sale for human consumption, and includes any place available in connection therewith for the confinement of animals while awaiting slaughter there;

“surveillance zone” means a surveillance zone established by the Department in accordance with Article 11;

“suspected ” means suspected of being infected;

“temporary control zone” means a temporary control zone established by the Department in accordance with Article 10;

“the virus” means the classical swine fever virus.

(2) For the purposes of this Order –

(a)a pig or pig carcase is suspected of being infected if it has the clinical signs, post-mortem lesions or if the results of a diagnostic test indicate the possible presence of the virus in that animal or carcase;

(b)a pig or pig carcase is infected if the Department determines that it is infected on the basis of clinical signs, post-mortem lesions or the result of a diagnostic test and any epidemiological circumstances.

Exemptions

3.  This Order shall not apply in respect of the presence of the virus in circumstances which are authorised by a licence issued under the Specified Animal Pathogens Order (Northern Ireland) 1999(1).

Notification of the disease

4.—(1) A person who suspects the disease in any pig or carcase which is –

(a)in his possession; or

(b)under his charge; or

(c)being examined or inspected by him,

shall immediately notify the appropriate Divisional Veterinary Officer.

(2) A person tending an infected or suspected pig shall not tend any other pig in his possession or under his charge except in accordance with the instructions of an inspector.

(3) A person who analyses samples taken from any animal or carcase and who finds evidence of antibodies or antigens to the disease or to any vaccine for the disease shall immediately notify the appropriate Divisional Veterinary Officer.

(4) A person shall not move from any holding or other place –

(a)any suspected pig or carcase;

(b)any meat, pig product or the semen, ovum, or embryo of pigs, any animal feedingstuff, manure or slurry or any other utensils, material, waste or other thing found on the same holding or place,

until that holding or other place has been visited by a veterinary inspector and the veterinary inspector has either imposed prohibitions under this Order or notified the occupier of the holding or place that he does not consider it necessary to do so.

Measures while the suspicion of disease is being investigated

5.—(1) Where a veterinary inspector suspects that the disease may exist, or may have existed within the previous 56 days on any holding or other place or in any means of transport (whether or not notification has been given under Article 4), he shall –

(a)serve a notice on the occupier of that holding or other place or the person in charge of that means of transport imposing such restrictions and requirements set out in paragraphs (2) and (3) as are relevant; and

(b)carry out an investigation to confirm or rule out the presence of the disease.

(2) The restrictions and requirements referred to in paragraph (1) are as follows –

(a)The person on whom the notice is served (“the responsible person”) shall co-operate with any veterinary inspector in the preparation of a record by category of –

(i)the number of pigs;

(ii)the number of live pigs which appear to be free of disease;

(iii)the number of live pigs which appear to have the disease;

(iv)the number of pigs which have died,

on the holding or other place or in the means of transport, as the case may be.

(b)Where the notice relates to a holding or other place, the occupier shall ensure that the record is kept up to date to take account of pigs that are born or die on the holding or place during the period that restrictions under this Article are in force. The record shall also record the number of pigs which fall sick having been previously apparently free of disease.

(c)The responsible person shall produce the record to a veterinary inspector on request.

(d)Where the notice relates to a holding or other place –

(i)the occupier shall ensure that all pigs on the holding or place are kept in their living quarters or some other place specified in the notice;

(ii)a person shall not move any pigs onto or off the holding or place except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector and the occupier shall ensure that pigs are unable to stray from or to the holding or place;

(iii)a person shall not move any meat, carcase or pig product or the semen, ovum or embryo of pigs, or any animal feed, utensil, material or waste or other thing likely to transmit disease from the holding or place, except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector;

(iv)a person shall not come on to or off the holding or place except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector;

(v)a person shall not move any vehicle onto or off the holding or place except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector;

(vi)the occupier shall ensure that, in accordance with any instructions given by a veterinary inspector, appropriate means of disinfection are placed at the entrances and exits of those parts of the holding or place in which pigs are being kept and of the holding or place itself.

Further measures where a notice has been served under Article 5

6.  Where a notice has been served on a responsible person under Article 5, a veterinary inspector may, by further notice served on that person –

(a)require the cleansing and disinfection of the holding, place or means of transport to which the notice relates at his own expense or at the expense of the Department in such a manner as may be specified in the notice, and within such time as may be so specified; or

(b)in the case of a means of transport, require it to be –

(i)taken to a destination specified in the notice,

(ii)unloaded, cleansed and disinfected as specified in the notice, and

(iii)if so specified, unloaded, cleansed and disinfected under the supervision of a veterinary inspector;

(c)where the notice relates to a holding or other place –

(i)prohibit the movement of any other species of animal on to or off the holding or place;

(ii)require the occupier to take all reasonable measures to destroy rodents and insects on the holding or place.

Measures where the disease is confirmed on a holding

7.—(1) Where the Department has confirmed that the disease is present on a holding, a veterinary inspector shall serve a notice on the occupier of that holding requiring him to ensure that the relevant prohibitions and requirements contained in Article 5 are complied with.

(2) On and after such confirmation a veterinary inspector may serve a further notice on the occupier of the holding in question requiring him to ensure that the relevant prohibitions and requirements contained in Article 6 are complied with.

Measures where the disease is confirmed in a slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or on a means of transport

8.—(1) Where the Department has confirmed that the disease is present in a slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or on a means of transport, a veterinary inspector may serve a notice on the occupier of the slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or person in charge of the means of transport requiring him to ensure that –

(a)in the case of a slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard, all buildings, equipment and vehicles specified in the notice, are cleansed and disinfected in accordance with the instructions, and under the supervision of a veterinary inspector;

(b)in the case of a means of transport, it is taken to a destination, unloaded, cleansed and disinfected in accordance with the instructions, and under the supervision of a veterinary inspector;

(c)pigs are not reintroduced to the slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or means of transport until at least 24 hours after completion of the cleansing and disinfection operations carried out in accordance with sub-paragraph (a) and (b).

Measures that apply in respect of holdings from or to which the disease may have been transmitted

9.—(1) Where, following an investigation into the epidemiology of the disease on a holding, a veterinary inspector considers that the disease on an infected or suspected holding may, for any reason, have been transmitted from or to other premises, he may serve a notice under Article 5 on the occupier of that other holding.

(2) Where disease has been confirmed in animals in a slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or on a means of transport, a veterinary inspector may serve a notice under Article 5 on the occupier of any premises from which the infected animals or carcases in that slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or means of transport, have come directly or indirectly within 56 days or, in the case of a means of transport, any premises to which the means of transport has since travelled.

Temporary control zone

10.—(1) Following the service of a notice under Article 5, the Department may by notice declare the establishment of a zone to be known as a “temporary control zone”.

(2) The location and size of the temporary control zone in any case shall be such as the Department considers necessary to prevent the spread of disease.

(3) Where a temporary control zone has been established, a person shall not –

(a)move any pig off a holding, slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard in the zone except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector acting in accordance with the directions of a veterinary inspector;

(b)move any cattle, sheep, goat, or other ruminating animal off any holding, slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard in the zone which has pigs in it except in accordance with a licence issued by an inspector acting in accordance with the directions of a veterinary inspector; or

(c)move any pig out of the zone.

(4) The prohibition in paragraph (3)(c) shall not apply to pigs which are loaded onto a vehicle outside the zone and transported through it without the vehicle being loaded or unloaded.

(5) When a controlled area has been established which touches the border with Northern Ireland the Department may, as it considers necessary, establish such an associated temporary control zone in Northern Ireland for the purposes referred to in paragraph (2).

(6) Any holding, slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard which is partly inside and partly outside a temporary control zone shall be deemed to be wholly inside that zone.

(7) In this Article “controlled area” means any area declared as such in the Republic of Ireland for preventing or controlling the spread of the disease.

(8) Nothing in paragraph (6) shall deem any area outside Northern Ireland to be inside a temporary control zone.

Protection and surveillance zones

11.—(1) Upon confirmation of the disease on any holding, slaughterhouse, knacker’s yard or other place the Department shall by notice declare the establishment of an infected area comprising –

(a)a zone to be known as a “protection zone”, and

(b)a zone to be known as a “surveillance zone”.

(2) The protection zone in any infected area shall cover an area within a radius of at least three kilometres measured from the place in which disease is confirmed and shall be contained in a surveillance zone covering an area within a radius of at least ten kilometres, measured from the same place.

(3) Upon confirmation of the disease on a holding, slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard in the Republic of Ireland, that is within ten kilometres of the border with Northern Ireland, the Department shall by notice declare the establishment of an infected area comprising any part of Northern Ireland that lies within a radius of ten kilometres, measured from the place in the Republic of Ireland where the disease was confirmed.

(4) The infected area declared under paragraph (3) shall comprise –

(a)a protection zone covering any area within a radius of three kilometres measured from the place in the Republic of Ireland where the presence of the disease is confirmed; and

(b)a surveillance zone containing the protection zone and covering any area within a radius of ten kilometres measured from the place in the Republic of Ireland where the presence of the disease is confirmed.

(5) Part I of Schedule 1 shall apply in a protection zone and Part II of Schedule 1 shall apply in a surveillance zone.

(6) The Department may take such steps as it considers necessary to ensure that all persons in an infected area are made fully aware of the restrictions in force in relation to that area, including exhibiting notices or signs on property situated within the infected area.

(7) Any holding, slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard which is partly inside and partly outside a surveillance or protection zone shall be deemed to be wholly inside that zone.

(8) Nothing in paragraph (7) shall deem any area outside Northern Ireland to be inside an infected area.

Cleansing and disinfection

12.—(1) Disinfection under this Order shall be carried out with a disinfectant approved for the purpose under the Diseases of Animals (Approval of Disinfectants) Order (Northern Ireland) 1972(2).

(2) Cleansing and disinfection operations on premises shall be carried out under the supervision of an inspector and in accordance with the instructions of a veterinary inspector.

Feral pig investigation zone

13.—(1) Where, the Department has reason to suspect that the disease exists in feral pigs in –

(a)Northern Ireland; or

(b)in any place in the Republic of Ireland within ten kilometres of the border with Northern Ireland,

the Department shall by notice declare the establishment of a feral pig investigation zone within Northern Ireland and the provisions of paragraph (3) shall apply in relation to that zone.

(2) The feral pig investigation zone shall cover such area in Northern Ireland as the Department considers necessary to enable it to carry out an investigation to confirm or rule out the presence of the disease.

(3) A person who shoots, or finds the carcase of, a feral pig in a feral pig investigation zone, shall inform the appropriate Divisional Veterinary Officer. If that person has shot the pig he shall keep the carcase for at least 24 hours and make it available to the appropriate Divisional Veterinary Officer for any sampling or testing which the Divisional Veterinary Officer may consider appropriate.

Measures where the disease is confirmed in a feral pig

14.—(1) Where the presence of the disease is confirmed in a feral pig in Northern Ireland or in the Republic of Ireland within ten kilometres of the border with Northern Ireland the Department shall by notice declare the establishment of an infected area in Northern Ireland of sufficient size to cover the area where the disease is suspected to be present.

(2) The Department may apply any or all of the restrictions and requirements of Schedule 2 in the infected area and may also suspend the hunting and ban the feeding of feral pigs in that area.

(3) The Department may take such steps as it considers necessary to ensure that all persons in an infected area are made fully aware of the restrictions and requirements in force in the infected area, including exhibiting notices or signs on property situated within that area.

(4) Any holding which is partly inside and partly outside an infected area shall be deemed to be wholly inside that area.

(5) Nothing in paragraph (4) shall deem any area outside Northern Ireland to be inside an infected area.

Vaccines

15.  A person shall not administer a classical swine fever vaccine to any pig unless authorised to do so by the Department.

Compliance with notices etc.

16.—(1) Any notice or licence under this Order shall be in writing, may be general or specific, may be subject to conditions and may be amended, suspended or revoked by a further notice in writing at any time.

(2) If any person fails to comply with any requirement of this Order or any instruction given, or notice or licence served under it, an inspector may, without prejudice to any proceedings for an offence arising as a consequence of that failure, take such action as may be necessary to ensure that the requirements, instruction, notice or licence is complied with or carried out.

Production of licences

17.  Any person acting under the authority of a licence issued under this Order shall, on demand made by an inspector or a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland produce the licence and allow a copy thereof or an extract therefrom to be taken and shall also on such demand, furnish his name and address.

Revocation

18.  The Swine Fever (Northern Ireland) Order of 1926 is hereby revoked.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on 26th September 2003.

L.S.

Liam McKibben

A senior officer of the

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources