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The Novel Foods Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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PART 2Modification of Article 8

2.  For Article 8 (inspection and seizure of suspected food) substitute—

(1) This Article applies where it appears to an authorised officer that Article 6(2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 is being, or has been contravened in relation to any food which has been placed on the market.

(2) The authorised officer may either—

(a)give notice to the person in charge of the food that, until the notice is withdrawn, the food—

(i)is not to be used for human consumption; and

(ii)either is not to be removed or is not to be removed except to some place specified in the notice; or

(b)seize the food and remove it in order to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace;

and any person who knowingly contravenes the requirements of a notice under sub-paragraph (a) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(3) Where the authorised officer gives notice under paragraph (2)(a), the authorised officer shall, as soon as is reasonably practicable and in any event within 21 days from the date of the notice, determine whether or not they are satisfied that the food complies with Article 6(2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, and—

(a)if so satisfied, immediately withdraw the notice;

(b)if not so satisfied, seize the food and remove it in order to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace.

(4) Where an authorised officer seizes and removes food under paragraph (2)(b) or (3)(b), the authorised officer shall inform the person in charge of the food that it is to be dealt with by a justice of the peace and any person who might be liable to a prosecution in respect of the food shall, if attending before the justice of the peace by whom the food falls to be dealt with, be entitled to be heard and to call witnesses.

(5) If it appears to a justice of the peace, on the basis of such evidence as the justice of the peace considers appropriate in the circumstances, that any food falling to be dealt with under this Article fails to comply with Article 6(2) of Regulation (EU 2015/2283, the justice of the peace shall condemn the food and order—

(a)the food to be destroyed or to be disposed of as to prevent it from being used for human consumption; and

(b)any expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the destruction or disposal to be defrayed by the owner of the food.

(6) If a notice under paragraph (2)(a) is withdrawn, or the justice of the peace by whom any food falls to be dealt with under this Article refuses to condemn it, the district council shall compensate the owner of the food for any depreciation in its value resulting from the action taken by the authorised officer.

(7) Any disputed question as to the right to or the amount of any compensation payable under paragraph (6) shall be determined by arbitration.

(8) For the purpose of this Article, “Regulation (EU) 2015/2283” means Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on novel foods, amending Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1852/2001..

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