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The Curd Cheese (Restriction on Placing on the Market) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Curd Cheese (Restriction on Placing on the Market) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 and shall come into operation on 18th October 2006.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations —

“authorised officer”, in relation to a district council, means any person (whether or not an officer of the district council) authorised by it in writing, either generally or specially, to act in matters arising under these Regulations;

“place on the market” and “placed on the market” shall be construed in accordance with the definition of “placing on the market” in Article 3.8 of Regulation 178/2002;

“Regulation 178/2002” means Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety(1) as last amended by Regulation (EC) No. 1642/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety(2).

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(3) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Prohibition on the placing on the market of curd cheese

3.  No person shall place on the market any curd cheese manufactured by Bowland Dairy Products Limited, located at Fulshaw Head Farm, Barrowford, Lancashire BB9 6RA and approved under the number UK PE 23.

Application of various provisions of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

4.  The following provisions of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991(4) shall apply for the purposes of these Regulations with the modification that any reference in those provisions to that Order or Part thereof shall be construed as a reference to these Regulations —

(a)article 19 (offences due to fault of another person);

(b)article 20 (defence of due diligence)(5) with the modifications that paragraphs (2) to (4) shall apply in relation to an offence under regulation 6(1) as they apply in relation to an offence under article 13 or 14 and that in paragraph (4)(b) the references to “sale or intended sale” shall be deemed to be references to “placing on the market”;

(c)article 33 (powers of entry);

(d)article 34(1) (obstruction etc. of officers);

(e)article 34(2), with the modification that the reference to “any such requirement as is mentioned in paragraph 1(b) ” shall be deemed to be a reference to any such requirement as is mentioned in article 34(1)(b) as applied by sub–paragraph (d);

(f)article 36(1) (punishment of offences), in so far as it relates to offences under article 34(1) as applied by sub–paragraph (d);

(g)article 36(2) and (3)(6), in so far as it relates to offences under article 34(2) as applied by sub–paragraph (e);

Inspection and seizure of suspected products

5.—(1) An authorised officer of a district council may at all reasonable times inspect any product that has been placed on the market and paragraphs (2) to (7) shall apply where, on such an inspection or for any other reasonable cause, it appears to the authorised officer that any person has failed to comply with regulation 3 in relation to any product.

(2) The authorised officer may either —

(a)give notice to the person in charge of the product that, until the notice is withdrawn, the product or any specified portion of it —

(i)is not to be further placed on the market, and

(ii)either is not to be removed or is not to be removed except to some place specified in the notice; or

(b)seize the product and remove it in order to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace.

(3) Where the authorised officer exercises the power conferred by paragraph (2)(a), he shall, as soon as is reasonably practicable and in any event within 21 days, determine whether or not he is satisfied that regulation 3 has been complied with in relation to the product and —

(a)if he is so satisfied, shall forthwith withdraw the notice; and

(b)if he is not so satisfied, shall seize the product and remove it in order to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace.

(4) Where an authorised officer exercises the power conferred by paragraph (2)(b) or (3)(b), he shall inform the person in charge of the product of his intention to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace and —

(a)any person who under regulation 3 might be liable to a prosecution in respect of the product shall, if he attends before the justice of the peace by whom the product falls to be dealt with, be entitled to be heard and to call witnesses; and

(b)that justice of the peace may, but need not, be a member of the court before which any person is charged with an offence under that regulation in relation to that product.

(5) If it appears to a justice of the peace, on the basis of such evidence as he considers appropriate in the circumstances, that there has been a failure to comply with regulation 3 in relation to any product falling to be dealt with by him under this regulation, he shall condemn the product and order —

(a)the product to be destroyed or to be so disposed of as to prevent it from being further placed on the market; and

(b)any expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the destruction or disposal to be defrayed by the owner of the product.

(6) If a notice under paragraph (2)(a) is withdrawn, or the justice of the peace by whom any product falls to be dealt with under this regulation refuses to condemn it, the district council shall compensate the owner of the product for any depreciation in its value resulting from the action taken by the authorised officer.

(7) Any disputed question as to the right to or the amount of any compensation payable under paragraph (6) shall be determined by a single arbitrator appointed, failing agreement between the parties, by the Head of the Department; and the provisions of the Arbitration Act (Northern Ireland) 1937(7) shall apply accordingly.

Offences and penalties

6.—(1) Any person who contravenes regulation 3 or knowingly contravenes the requirements of a notice given under paragraph (2)(a) of regulation 5 shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Any person guilty of an offence under this regulation shall be liable —

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both; or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

(3) No prosecution for an offence consisting of a contravention of regulation 3 or of knowingly contravening the requirements of a notice given under paragraph (2)(a) of regulation 5 shall be begun after the expiry of —

(a)three years from the commission of the offence; or

(b)one year from its discovery by the prosecutor,

whichever is the earlier.

Enforcement

7.  Each district council shall, within its district, enforce and execute the provisions of these Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 18th October 2006.

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Don Hill

A senior officer of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

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