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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Regulations 2006

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Brain stem sampling of bovine animals

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3.—(1) The occupier of a slaughterhouse in which a bovine animal specified in point 2(1) or 2(2) of Part I of Chapter A of Annex III to the Community TSE Regulation is slaughtered shall–

(a)take a sample of brain stem in accordance with point 1 of Chapter C of Annex X to the Community TSE Regulation; and

(b)arrange for it to be delivered to an approved testing laboratory,

and failure to do so is an offence.

(2) The Scottish Ministers shall, by means of a notice, notify the occupier of a slaughterhouse if a bovine animal comes into the categories specified in point 2(1) of Part I of Chapter A to Annex III to the Community TSE Regulation (except in the case of a dead animal consigned to a slaughterhouse with a written declaration from a veterinary surgeon that it falls into one of those categories).

(3) In accordance with point 5 of Part I of Chapter A of Annex III to the Community TSE Regulation, the Scottish Ministers may serve a notice on the occupier of a slaughterhouse requiring the occupier to sample and send for testing in accordance with sub paragraph (1) any bovine animal slaughtered there.

(4) The Scottish Ministers shall approve laboratories to test samples taken under this paragraph if they are satisfied that the laboratory–

(a)will carry out the testing in accordance with Chapter C of Annex X to the Community TSE Regulation;

(b)has adequate quality control procedures; and

(c)has adequate procedures to ensure the correct identification of the samples and notification of the test results to the consigning slaughterhouse.

(5) In this paragraph “approved testing laboratory” means a laboratory approved under this paragraph or a laboratory in another part of the United Kingdom approved by the competent authority in that part of the United Kingdom to carry out the test.

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