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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2009 No. 377

Food

The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

Made

20th November 2009

Coming into operation

19th December 2009

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety(1) makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 15(2), 16(2), 25(1)(a) and (2)(a) and 47(2) of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991(2).

In accordance with Article 47(3A) of that Order, it has had regard to relevant advice given by the Food Standards Agency.

As required by Article 9 of 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(3), there has been open and transparent public consultation during the preparation and evaluation of these Regulations.

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 and come into operation on 19th December 2009.

Amendments to the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

2.  The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007(4) are amended in accordance with regulations 3 to 9.

3.  In regulation 2 (interpretation) —

(a)in paragraph (1) —

(i)after the definition of “Regulation 2023/2006” insert the following definition —

“Regulation 450/2009” means Commission Regulation (EC) No. 450/2009 on active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food(5); and

(ii)in the definition of “import” for “a Member State” substitute “a Member State of the European Communities, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein”; and

(b)paragraph (2) is omitted.

4.  After regulation 4 (enforcement of Regulation 1935/2004) insert the following as regulation 4A —

Enforcement of Regulation 450/2009

4A.  Any person who contravenes any of the following provisions of Regulation 450/2009 is guilty of an offence —

(a)Article 4(f) (prohibition on the placing on the market of active and intelligent materials and articles that do not comply with labelling requirements);

(b)Article 11(1) and (2) (additional rules on labelling), as read with the 4th indent of Article 14;

(c)Article 12 (declaration of compliance); and

(d)Article 13 (supporting documentation)..

5.  After regulation 6 (competent authorities for the purposes of Regulation 1935/2004), insert the following as regulation 6A —

Competent authorities for the purposes of Regulation 450/2009

6A.  The competent authorities for the purposes of Article 13 of Regulation 450/2009 are the Food Standards Agency and the district council having responsibility for enforcement pursuant to regulation 14(1)..

6.  In regulation 13(2)(a) (offences and penalties), for “regulation 4 or 5” substitute “regulation 4, 4A or 5”.

7.  For regulation 14 (enforcement) substitute —

14.(1) Each district council in its district shall execute and enforce —

(a)the provisions of Regulation 1935/2004 mentioned in regulation 4;

(b)the provisions of Regulation 450/2009 mentioned in regulation 4A;

(c)the provisions of Regulation 2023/2006 mentioned in regulation 5; and

(d)these regulations.

(2) The Food Standards Agency may execute and enforce the provisions of —

(a)Articles 16(1) and 17(2) of Regulation 1935/2004; and

(b)Article 13 of Regulation 450/2009.

8.  In regulation 17(2) (general defences), for “regulation 4 or 13(1)(a)” substitute “regulation 4, 4A or 13(1)(a)”.

9.  In regulation 20 (application of various provisions of the Order) —

(a)in paragraph (2), for “Regulation 1935/2004 or as appropriate to Regulation 2023/2006.” substitute “Regulation 1935/2004, Regulation 2023/2006 or Regulation 450/2009 as appropriate.”; and

(b)in paragraph (3), for “Regulation 1935/2004 or, as appropriate Regulation 2023/2006,” substitute “Regulation 1935/2004, Regulation 2023/2006 or Regulation 450/2009 as appropriate”.

Sealed with the official seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 20th November 2009.

Legal seal

Sean Donaghy

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

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations further amend the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (S.R. 2007 No. 434 as previously amended by S.R. 2008 No. 167 and S.R. 2009 No. 56) (“the principal Regulations”) in order to provide for the execution and enforcement of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 450/2009 on active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food (OJ No. L135, 30.5.2009, p.3) (“Regulation 450/2009”). The Regulations also amend the way import is defined in the principal Regulations.

In detail, these Regulations amend the principal Regulations by —

(a)inserting a definition of Regulation 450/2009 (regulation 3(a)(i));

(b)amending the definition of “import” to refer to products which come from outside the European Economic Area (regulation 3(a)(ii));

(c)making it an offence to contravene specified requirements of Regulation 450/2009 (regulation 4), attaching penalties for such an offence (regulation 6), and providing for a defence in certain circumstances (regulation 8);

(d)specifying the competent authorities for the purposes of certain provisions of Regulation 450/2009 (regulation 5);

(e)designating the enforcement authorities for the purposes of certain provisions of Regulation 450/2009 (regulation 7); and

(f)providing that certain provisions of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 apply for the purposes of the enforcement of Regulation 450/2009 (regulation 9).

(1)

Formerly the Department of Health and Social Services; see S.I. 1999/283 (N.I.1) Article 3(6)

(2)

S.I. 1991/762 (N.I.7) as amended by S.I. 1996/1663 (N.I.12), paragraphs 26 to 42 of Schedule 5 and Schedule 6 to the Food Standards Act 1999 c.28 and S.R. 2004 Nos. 482 and 505

(3)

OJ No. L31, 1.2.2002, p.1. That Regulation was last amended by Regulation (EC) No. 596/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468 with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny: Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny – Part Four (OJ No. L188,18.7.2009 p.14)

(5)

OJ No. L135, 30.5.2009, p.3

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