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

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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(a)give notice to the person in charge of the product that, until the notice is withdrawn, the product or any specified portion of it —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(1) shall apply accordingly.

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