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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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Appointment of the Food Standards Agency as the competent authority

1.—(1) The Food Standards Agency shall, except in butcher shops, carry out the obligations on the member State in point 12 of Part A of Annex XI of the Community TSE Regulation in relation to this Schedule and shall grant authorisations for the purposes of point 10(a) of that Part.

(2) For the purposes of this Schedule, within a slaughterhouse or cutting plant, an inspector is—

(a)an official veterinarian who is qualified in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption(1) to act in such a capacity and is appointed by the Food Standards Agency;

(b)an official auxiliary who is qualified in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 to act in such a capacity, is appointed by the Food Standards Agency and works under the authority and responsibility of an official veterinarian; or

(c)any other person appointed for the purpose by the Food Standards Agency.

(3) The powers and duties of a person appointed as an inspector are limited to those specified in the appointment.

(4) Any person exercising the powers of an inspector under this Schedule has the protection specified in regulation 14(3).

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O.J. No. L 139, 30.4.2004, p. 206. The revised text of Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 is now set out in a Corrigendum (O.J. No. L226, 25.6.2004, p.83)

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