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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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Bovine animals in a slaughterhouse

9.—(1) When a bovine animal is slaughtered in a slaughterhouse or slaughtered elsewhere and brought to a slaughterhouse, the occupier of the slaughterhouse must remove all specified risk material, other than those parts of the vertebral column that are specified risk material, as soon as is reasonably practicable after slaughter and in any event before post-mortem inspection.

(2) The occupier of the slaughterhouse must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, consign any meat containing those parts of the vertebral column that are specified risk material—

(a)in the case of any animal that is over 30 months of age at slaughter, to a cutting plant authorised under paragraph 13(1)(a) or to Great Britain, or to a member State in accordance with the second paragraph of point 13 of Part A of Annex XI to the Community TSE Regulation; or

(b)in the case of any animal that is 30 months of age or less at slaughter, to a cutting plant, or to a butcher shop authorised and registered under paragraph 14 or to Great Britain, or to a member State in accordance with the second paragraph of point 13 of Part A of Annex XI to the Community TSE Regulation.

(3) The occupier of the slaughterhouse must identify meat containing vertebral column that is not specified risk material in accordance with point 14(a) of Part A of Annex XI of the Community TSE Regulation and provide information in accordance with point 14(b) of that Part.

(4) A person shall not include a blue stripe in the label referred to in Article 13 of Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No. 820/97(1) except in accordance with point 14(a) of Part A of Annex XI to the Community TSE Regulation.

(5) Contravention of this paragraph is an offence.

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O.J. No. L. 204, 11.8.2000, p.1, as last amended by the Act concerning the conditions of accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic and the adjustments to the Treaties on which the European Union is founded (O.J. No. L 236, 23.9.2003, p.33)

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