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The TSE (Scotland) Regulations 2002

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Notification of animals suspected of being affected by a TSE

77.—(1) Any person who has in the possession of that person or under the charge of that person an animal suspected of being affected by a TSE, and any veterinary surgeon or other person who, in the course of the duties of such person, examines or inspects any such animal, shall, with all practicable speed, notify the fact to the Divisional Veterinary Manager.

(2) Any person who has in the possession of that person or under the charge of that person on any premises an animal suspected of being affected by a TSE, shall detain it on the premises until it has been examined by a veterinary inspector.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), below, any person who, in the course of a laboratory examination of the carcase of an animal, reasonably suspects the presence of a TSE, shall–

(a)with all practicable speed, notify the fact to the Divisional Veterinary Manager;

(b)retain the sample examined and the remainder of the carcase until its disposal has been authorised in writing by a veterinary inspector; and

(c)if required in writing to do so by a veterinary inspector, surrender any samples, in whatever form, to such an inspector.

(4) Paragraph (3) above shall not apply to any TSE which has been introduced deliberately into an animal, a carcase or a sample–

(a)in any laboratory; or

(b)on any premises, whether or not a laboratory, licensed by the Scottish Ministers under regulation 56 above.

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