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The Seed Potatoes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Regulations 2(1) and 11(3)

SCHEDULE 2Official labels and official documents

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PART 1Official labels

1.—(1) An official label affixed to a package or container of seed potatoes—

(a)in the case of basic seed potatoes, shall be white;

(b)in the case of pre-basic seed potatoes, shall be white with a diagonal violet line;

(c)in the case of test and trial seed potatoes, shall be orange.

(2) An official label shall not measure less than 110 millimetres by 67 millimetres in size.

(3) An official label affixed to a package or container of basic seed potatoes shall—

(a)state the words “EU Rules and Standards”; and

(b)state the following particulars—

  • Certification authority and member State or their initials;

  • Country of production;

  • Producer’s identification number or reference number of the lot;

  • Variety, indicated at least in Roman characters;

  • Genetically modified (if appropriate);

  • Basic seed potatoes;

  • Grade;

  • Size;

  • Declared net weight;

  • Month and year of sealing.

(4) An official label affixed to a package or container of pre-basic seed potatoes shall state the following particulars—

  • Certification authority and member State or their initials;

  • Producer’s identification number or reference number of the lot;

  • Species, indicated at least in Roman characters, under its botanical name, which may be given in abridged form and without the authors’ names, or under its common name, or both;

  • Variety, indicated at least in Roman characters;

  • Genetically modified (if appropriate);

  • Pre-basic seed potatoes;

  • Grade;

  • Month and year of sealing.

(5) An official label affixed to a package or container of test and trial seed potatoes shall—

(a)state the words “variety not yet officially listed” and “for test and trials only”; and

(b)state the following particulars—

  • Certification authority and member State or their distinguishing abbreviation;

  • Producer’s identification number or reference number of the lot;

  • Month and year of sealing;

  • Species;

  • Denomination of the variety under which the seed potatoes are to be marketed (which may be the breeder’s reference, the proposed denomination or the approved denomination);

  • Reference number in respect of any application submitted in accordance with regulation 4(1)(a) of the National Lists Regulations;

  • Genetically modified (if appropriate);

  • Size;

  • Declared net weight.

2.  In the case of seed potatoes of a conservation variety, in addition to the requirements of paragraph 1, an official label shall include the words and particulars required by Article 18 of Commission Directive 2008/62/EC.

3.  Without prejudice to paragraph 1, an official label may contain a statement concerning the field generation to which the seed potatoes belong.

PART 2Official Documents

4.  An official document used—

(a)in the case of pre-basic seed potatoes, shall be coloured white with a diagonal violet line;

(b)in the case of basic seed potatoes, shall be coloured white;

(c)in the case of test and trial seed potatoes, shall be coloured orange.

5.  An official document shall, in relation to the seed potatoes to which it relates, state—

(a)the producer’s identification number or reference number of the lot;

(b)the month and year of sealing; and

(c)the country of production.

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