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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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Slaughter of bovine animals

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13.—(1) It is an offence for the occupier to use a slaughterhouse to slaughter for human consumption a bovine animal that in accordance with point 2 of Part I of Chapter A of Annex III to the EU TSE Regulation requires to be sampled for BSE testing at slaughter unless the Department has approved the Required Method of Operation (“RMOP”) for that slaughterhouse and that occupier.

(2) The RMOP must, as a minimum, describe—

(a)the procedures that will be followed to comply with Part I of this Schedule; and

(b)all the systems and procedures specified in Part II of this Schedule.

(3) The Department must approve the RMOP if it is satisfied that all the requirements of the EU TSE Regulation and these Regulations will be complied with and the occupier must demonstrate this by means of an assessment of two days’ duration in which animals are slaughtered (using bovine animals that are not required under point 2 of Part I of Chapter A of Annex III to the EU TSE Regulation to be tested for BSE).

(4) If a bovine animal described in sub-paragraph (1) is slaughtered for human consumption, other than in accordance with the RMOP, the occupier of the slaughterhouse is guilty of an offence.

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