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The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

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Procedure where a sample is to be analysed

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24.—(1) An authorised officer who has procured a sample under Article 29 of the Order and who considers it should be analysed must divide the sample into three parts.

(2) If the sample consists of sealed containers and opening them would, in the opinion of the authorised officer, impede a proper analysis, the authorised officer must divide the sample into parts by putting the containers into three lots, and each lot must be treated as being a part.

(3) The authorised officer must —

(a)if necessary place each part in a suitable container and seal it;

(b)mark each part or container;

(c)as soon as is reasonably practicable, give one part to the owner and notify the owner in writing that the sample will be analysed;

(d)submit one part for analysis in accordance with Article 30 of the Order; and

(e)retain one part for future submission under regulation 25.

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