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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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Animal identification and separation

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1.—(1) The RMOP (as specified in paragraph 13 of Part I) must describe the system that—

(a)enables bovine animals born or reared in the United Kingdom before 1st August 1996 to be identified and ensures that they are not slaughtered for human consumption;

(b)enables bovine animals that, in accordance with point 2(1) of Part I of Chapter A of Annex III to the EU TSE Regulation, require to be sampled and tested for BSE, to be identified and ensures they are sampled in accordance with this Schedule; and

(c)enables bovine animals that, in accordance with point 2(2) of Part I of Chapter A of Annex III to the EU TSE Regulation, require BSE testing at slaughter to be identified and ensures that they are sampled in accordance with this Schedule.

(2) The requirements of sub-paragraph (1)(b) and (c) apply only in relation to bovine animals born and reared in the United Kingdom on or after 1st August 1996.

(3) The RMOP must also describe the system that ensures that the animals to which sub-paragraphs (1) (b) and (c) applies are—

(a)batched together before slaughter separately from those not referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and (c); and

(b)slaughtered in their batches separately from those not referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and (c).

(4) For the purposes of this paragraph, a bovine animal is deemed to have been born and reared in the United Kingdom before 1st August 1996 unless records held by the Department or any cattle passport in relation to that animal shows either that—

(a)it was born in the United Kingdom on or after 1st August 1996; or

(b)it first entered the United Kingdom on or after 1st August 1996.

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