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PART 1Introductory and general

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Animal Feed Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 and come into operation on 23rd November 2010.

Interpretation

2.  (1)  In these Regulations —

“the Act” means the Agriculture Act 1970;

“Directive 82/475” means Commission Directive 82/475/EEC laying down the categories of feed materials which may be used for the purposes of labelling compound feedingstuffs for pet animals(1);

“Directive 2002/32” means Directive 2002/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on undesirable substances in animal feed(2);

“Regulation 1831/2003” means Regulation (EC) No. 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additives for use in animal nutrition(3);

“Directive 2008/38” means Commission Directive 2008/38/EC establishing a list of intended uses of animal feedingstuffs for particular nutritional purposes(4);

“Regulation 767/2009” means Regulation (EC) No. 767/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the placing on the market and use of feed, amending European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 and repealing Council Directive 79/373/EEC, Commission Directive 80/511/EEC, Council Directives 82/471/EEC, 83/228/EEC, 93/74/EEC, 93/113/EC and 96/25/EC and Commission Decision 2004/217/EC(5);

“Regulation 242/2010” means Commission Regulation (EU) No. 242/2010 creating the Catalogue of feed materials(6).

(2) Any expression used in these Regulations and in Regulation 1831/2003 or Regulation 767/2009 has the meaning in these Regulations that it bears in the Regulation concerned.

(3) Any reference to an Annex to Directive 82/475, Directive 2002/32, Directive 2008/38, Regulation 767/2009 or Regulation 242/2010 is a reference to that Annex as it may be amended from time to time.

(4) These Regulations do not apply to any feed additive in category (d) or (e) of Article 6(1) of Regulation 1831/2003, with the exception of those in the functional groups listed in paragraph 4(a), (b) and (c) of Annex 1 to that Regulation(7).

(5) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(8) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

PART 2Marketing and use of feed

Interpretation of this Part and Schedule 1

3.  In this Part and in Schedule 1 any reference to a numbered Article or Annex is a reference to the Article or Annex so numbered in Regulation 767/2009.

Enforcement of requirements of Regulation 767/2009

4.  (1)  Subject to the transitional provisions contained in Article 32, any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of Regulation 767/2009 specified in Schedule 1 is guilty of an offence.

(2) Where, pursuant to Article 17(2)(c), the name of a specific feed material may be replaced by the name of the category to which the feed material belongs, only the categories listed in the Annex to Directive 82/475 may be indicated.

Competent authorities for the purposes of Regulation 767/2009

5.  (1)  The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is the competent authority for the purposes of —

(a)Articles 5(2), 5(3), 13(1)(a) and 17(3) and Annex VII, Chapter 1, paragraph 8; and

(b)Article 13(1)(b) as the competent authority that may request scientific substantiation of a claim and to whose attention purchasers have the right to bring doubts regarding the truthfulness of a claim.

(2) The Food Standards Agency is the competent authority for the purposes of —

(a)Article 13(1)(b) as the competent authority that may submit to the Commission doubts concerning the scientific substantiation of a claim; and

(b)Article 26(1)(b).

PART 3Feed additives

Interpretation of this Part

6.  In this Part any reference to a numbered Article is a reference to the Article so numbered in Regulation 1831/2003.

Enforcement of requirements of Regulation 1831/2003

7.  (1)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision specified in paragraph (2) is guilty of an offence.

(2) The provisions are —

(a)Article 3, paragraphs (1) to (4), (placing on the market, processing and use of feed additives), as read with Article 10 (status of existing products);

(b)Article 12 (post authorisation monitoring); and

(c)Article 16, paragraphs (1) to (5), (labelling and packaging of additives and premixtures).

PART 4Undesirable substances in feed

Interpretation of this Part

8.  In this Part —

(a)any reference to a numbered Article or Annex is a reference to the Article or Annex so numbered in Directive 2002/32; and

(b)“undesirable substance” means any substance or product, not being a pathogenic agent, which is present in or on a feed and —

(i)constitutes a potential danger to human or animal health or to the environment, or

(ii)could adversely affect livestock production.

Control of animal feeds containing undesirable substances

9.  (1)  Any person who —

(a)places on the market any feed that is specified in column 2 of Annex I; or

(b)uses any such feed,

is guilty of an offence if it contains any undesirable substance listed in column 1 of that Annex in excess of the relevant maximum content specified in column 3.

(2) Any person who places on the market or uses any complementary feed is guilty of an offence if —

(a)having regard to the quantity of it recommended for use in a daily ration, it contains any undesirable substance listed in column 1 of Annex I in excess of the maximum content specified for it in column 3 in relation to complete feed; and

(b)there is no provision relating to any complementary feed in the corresponding entry in column 2 of that Annex.

(3) Any person who for the purpose of dilution mixes any feed with a feed that is specified in column 2 of Annex I and which contains any undesirable substance listed in column 1 of that Annex in excess of the maximum content specified for it in column 3 is guilty of an offence.

(4) Any person who places on the market or uses any feed which is not sound and genuine and of merchantable quality is guilty of an offence.

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (4) a feed listed in column 2 of Annex I is not sound, genuine and of merchantable quality if it contains any undesirable substance specified in column 1 of that Annex in excess of the maximum content specified in relation to it in column 3.

(6) Any person who has, for the purpose of a trade or business, possession or control of any of the feeds specified in paragraph (7) shall, if required by an inspector, procure and produce to the inspector an analysis in order to demonstrate that the content of inorganic arsenic in the feed specified in that paragraph is less than 2 parts per million.

(7) The feeds are —

(a)palm kernel expeller;

(b)feeds obtained from the processing of fish and other marine animals;

(c)seaweed meal and feed materials derived from seaweed; and

(d)complete feeds for fish or for fur-producing animals.

(8) Any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement made under paragraph (6) is guilty of an offence.

PART 5Feeds for particular nutritional purposes

Interpretation of this Part

10.  In this Part, “the Annex” means Part B of Annex I to Directive 2008/38, as read with paragraphs 1 and 7 of Part A of that Annex.

Control of feed intended for particular nutritional purposes

11.  (1)  Any person who places on the market a feed intended for a particular nutritional purpose is guilty of an offence if the relevant requirements of paragraphs (2) to (9) are not met.

(2) In relation to any particular nutritional purpose specified in column 1 of the Annex —

(a)the feed must be intended for the animals specified opposite that particular nutritional purpose in column 3 of the Annex; and

(b)it must be recommended that the feed be used for a period of time falling within the range specified opposite that particular nutritional purpose in column 5 of the Annex.

(3) Where a group of additives is specified in column 2 or 4 of the Annex, the additive(s) used must be authorised as corresponding to the specified essential characteristic.

(4) Where the source of ingredients or analytical constituents is required in column 4 of the Annex, the manufacturer must make a precise declaration (for example the specific name of the ingredient, the animal species or the part of the animal) allowing the evaluation of conformity of the feed with the corresponding essential nutritional characteristics.

(5) Where the declaration of a substance that is also authorised as an additive is required in column 4 of the Annex and is accompanied by the expression “total”, the declared content must refer to the quantity naturally present where none is added or, as appropriate, the total quantity of the substance naturally present and the amount added as an additive.

(6) The declarations specified in column 4 of the Annex with the reference “if added” must be provided where the ingredient or the additive has been incorporated or increased specifically to enable the achievement of the particular nutritional purpose.

(7) The declarations to be given in accordance with column 4 of the Annex concerning analytical constituents and additives must be quantitative.

(8) Where a feed is intended to meet more than one particular nutritional purpose, it must comply with the corresponding entries in the Annex.

(9) In the case of a complementary feed intended for a particular nutritional purpose, guidance on the balance of the daily ration must be provided in the instructions for use on the label.

PART 6Administration and enforcement

Penalties for offences under these Regulations

12.  (1)  Any person found guilty of an offence under regulation 4(1), 7(1), or 9(1), (2), (3) or (4) or 11(1) is liable —

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

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months or to a fine, or both.

(2) Any person found guilty of an offence under regulation 9(8) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Duties to enforce

13.  It is the duty of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to execute and enforce the provisions of these Regulations.

PART 7Amendments and modifications of the Agriculture Act 1970

Amendments and modifications of the Agriculture Act 1970

14.  (1)  The Act is amended or modified, as the case may be, in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (9).

(2) In section 66 (interpretation of Part IV) —

(a)in subsection (1), after the definition of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 insert the following definitions —

“Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003” means Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additives for use in animal nutrition;”

“Regulation (EC) No 767/2009” means Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the placing on the market and use of feed, amending European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 and repealing Council Directive 79/373/EEC, Commission Directive 80/511/EEC, Council Directives 82/471/EEC, 83/228/EEC, 93/74/EEC, 93/113/EC and 96/25/EC and Commission Decision 2004/217/EC;; and

(b)for subsection (2) substitute the following —

(2) For the purposes of this Part of this Act material shall be treated as sold for use as a fertiliser or feeding stuff whether it is sold to be so used by itself or as an ingredient in something which is to be so used..

(3) In section 68 (duty of seller to give statutory statement) —

(a)after subsection (5) insert the following subsection —

(5A) Nothing in subsections (1) to (5) applies to anyone to whom the requirements of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 (labelling and packaging of feed additives and premixtures) or of Chapter 4 of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 (labelling, presentation and packaging) apply.;

(b)after subsection (6) add the following subsection —

(7) Failure to comply with the labelling requirements of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 or of Chapter 4 of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 shall not invalidate a contract of sale, but such labelling shall, regardless of any contract or notice to the contrary, have effect as a warranty by the person who gives it that the particulars contained in it are correct..

(4) In section 69 (marking of material prepared for sale), in subsection (1) omit the words “or feeding stuff”.

(5) In section 70 (use of names or expressions with prescribed meanings) —

(a)subsection (1)(a) in so far as it applies in relation to feeding stuffs shall apply as if the expression “under Regulation (EC) No 767/2009” were substituted for the expression “by regulations made for the purposes of this section”; and

(b)after subsection (5) add the following subsection —

(6) Nothing in subsections (2) to (4) of this section shall apply to anyone to whom the labelling requirements of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 apply..

(6) In section 71 (particulars to be given of certain attributes if claimed to be present) —

(a)subsection (4) in so far as it applies in relation to feeding stuffs shall apply as if —

(i)the expression “the requirements of Article 13 of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009” were substituted for the expression “subsection (1) of this section”; and

(ii)“that Article” were substituted for “that subsection”;

(b)after subsection (5) add the following subsection —

(6) Nothing in subsections (1) to (3) of this section shall apply to anyone to whom Article 13 (claims) of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 applies..

(7) Sections 73 and 73A shall cease to have effect.

(8) In section 74 (limits of variation) after subsection (2) add the following subsection —

(3) Nothing in subsection (2) shall apply to anyone to whom Article 11.5 and Annex IV (permitted tolerances) of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 applies..

(9) In section 74A, subsection (3) shall not apply to regulations concerning feed.

PART 8Amendments to Regulations

Amendment of the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

15.  (1)  The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005(9) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6).

(2) In paragraph (1) of regulation 2 (interpretation) —

(a)after the definition of “agricultural analyst” insert the following definition —

“the Animal Feed Regulations” means the Animal Feed Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010;; and

(b)after the definition of “Regulation 183/2005” insert the following definition —

“Regulation 767/2009” means Regulation (EC) No. 767/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the placing on the market and use of feed, amending European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 and repealing Council Directive 79/373/EEC, Commission Directive 80/511/EEC, Council Directives 82/471/EEC, 83/228/EEC, 93/74/EEC, 93/113/EC and 96/25/EC and Commission Decision 2004/217/EC;.

(3) In paragraph (2)(b) of regulation 15 (offences, penalties and enforcement) omit the expression “food-producing”.

(4) For paragraph (13) of regulation 24 (powers of entry for authorised officers) substitute the following paragraph —

(13) In this regulation —

(a)“compound feeding stuff” bears the same meaning as “compound feed” as defined in Article 3(1)(h) of Regulation 767/2009; and

(b)“feeding stuff which is intended for a particular nutritional purpose” bears the same meaning as “feed intended for particular nutritional purposes” as defined in Article 3(1)(o) of that Regulation..

(5) In each of regulations 34(1) and (2) and 35(1) and (2) after the words “these Regulations” insert “or the Animal Feed Regulations”.

(6) In Schedule 1 (specified feed law) —

(a)for the expression “The Feeding Stuffs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005” substitute “The Animal Feed Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010”; and

(b)add at the end “Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the placing on the market and use of feed”.

Amendment of the Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

16.  (1)  The Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(10) are amended in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) In paragraph (f) of Schedule 2 (definition of relevant feed law), for the expression “the Feeding Stuffs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005” substitute “the Animal Feed Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010”.

Revocations

17.  The Regulations or parts of them listed in Schedule 2 are revoked.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 26th October 2010.

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L. Devlin

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

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