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The Seed Potatoes (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

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Amendment of the Seed Potatoes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

7.—(1) Regulation 10 (packages and containers) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 2, after the first sentence insert the following— “The requirements of Schedule 5, Part II, paragraph 1 may not apply at the discretion of the Department.”

(3) After paragraph (4) insert the following new paragraphs in accordance with Article 11 of Council Directive 2002/56 and Commission Decision 2004/842—

(5) A person shall not market seed potatoes otherwise than, in accordance with regulation 7 and Article 11(1) of 2002/56 and Article 8 of Commission Decision 2004/842—

(a)a new package or container; or

(b)a container which, having been previously used for any purpose, has been cleaned and disinfected, in accordance with the requirements of an authorised officer, since being so last used.

(6) The packages shall bear an official label in English or one of the other official languages of the European Union.

(7) The Department may provide derogations from the provisions in these Regulations in respect of packaging, sealing and marking as permitted by Article 11(2) of Directive 2002/56.

(8) The Department may authorise marketing of small quantities of seed potatoes for scientific purposes or selection work or for test and trial purposes in accordance with this regulation and Schedule 11..

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