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The Drinking Milk Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Drinking Milk Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 and come into operation on 1st July 2008.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the Annex” means Annex XIII to the Council Regulation;

“Article 114(2)” means Article 114(2) of the Council Regulation;

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation);

“drinking milk” has the meaning given in point I(b) of the Annex;

“milk” has the meaning given in point I(a) of the Annex;

“the 1991 Order” means the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991; and

“sell” includes possess for sale and offer, expose or advertise for sale.

(2) Other expressions used in these Regulations and in the Council Regulation have the same meaning in these Regulations as they have in the Council Regulation.

(3) References in these Regulations to Article 114(2) and the Annex are references to Article 114(2) and the Annex as amended from time to time.

(4) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Sale or delivery of milk and use of sales description

3.  A person shall not—

(a)sell or deliver milk; or

(b)use or omit to use a sales description for any product,

in contravention of Article 114(2) or point II(1) and (2) of the Annex as read with point III of the Annex.

Importation of products from outside the European Community for sale as drinking milk

4.  A person shall not import into Northern Ireland from outside the Community any product for sale as drinking milk in contravention of point IV of the Annex.

Enforcement

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

Offences and penalties

6.  Any person who fails to comply with regulation 3 or 4 is guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

Application of provisions of the 1991 Order

7.  The following provisions of the 1991 Order shall apply for the purposes of these Regulations with the modification that any reference in those provisions to the 1991 Order or Part thereof shall be construed as a reference to these Regulations—

(a)Article 2(4) (which relates to extended meaning of “sale”);

(b)Article 3 (application to food offered as prizes etc.);

(c)Article 4 (presumptions that food intended for human consumption);

(d)Article 19 (offences due to fault of another person);

(e)Article 20 (defence of due diligence) as it applies for the purposes of Article 13 or 14;

(f)Article 30(8) (which relates to documentary evidence);

(g)Article 34 (obstruction etc., of officers); and

(h)Article 36 (punishment of offences) in so far as it relates to offences under Article 34(1) and (2).

Revocations

8.  The Drinking Milk Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998(2) are revoked.

Amendments

9.—(1) Regulation 2(1) of the Food Labelling Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(3) is amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) After the definition of “confectionery product”, insert—

Council Regulation 1234/2007” means Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation);.

(3) In the definition of “raw milk”, for “Article 3(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2597/97 laying down additional rules on the common organisation of the market in milk and milk products for drinking milk”, substitute “point III(1) of Annex XIII to Council Regulation 1234/2007”.

(4) In the definitions of “semi-skimmed milk”, “skimmed milk” and “whole milk”, for “Article 3(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2597/97”, substitute “point III(1) of Annex XIII to Council Regulation 1234/2007”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 2nd June 2008.

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Don Hill

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

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