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The Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries (Scotland) Order 2007

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PART 3Control of salmonella in Gallus gallus

Interpretation of Part 3

5.  In this Part–

(a)“breeding flock” means a flock of at least 250 domestic fowl of the species Gallus gallus kept for the production of eggs intended for incubation; and

(b)“occupier” means the person in charge of a holding on which one or more breeding flocks is kept.

Notification of arrival of breeding flocks

6.—(1) The occupier shall notify the Scottish Ministers of the expected date of arrival at the holding of any breeding flock.

(2) The notification shall be made at least two weeks before the expected date of arrival.

Notification of movement to laying phase etc.

7.—(1) The occupier shall notify the Scottish Ministers of the date that each breeding flock on the holding is expected to–

(i)move to the laying phase or laying unit; and

(ii)reach the end of the production cycle.

(2) The notification shall be made at least two weeks before the relevant expected date.

Sampling of breeding flocks

8.—(1) The occupier shall take samples from each breeding flock on the holding at the following times–

(a)when the birds in the breeding flock are chicks;

(b)when the birds in the breeding flock are four weeks old;

(c)two weeks before the date the breeding flock is expected to come into lay or move to the laying phase or laying unit; and

(d)every second week during the laying period.

(2) Sampling under paragraph (1)(a) to (c) shall be done in accordance with Schedule 2 and sampling under paragraph (1)(d) shall be done in accordance with point 2.2.2.1 of the Annex to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1003/2005 (routine sampling at the initiative of the operator).

Submission of samples to an approved laboratory

9.—(1) The occupier shall dispatch the samples taken in accordance with article 8 to an approved laboratory for the purposes of testing for the presence of salmonella.

(2) The occupier shall dispatch the samples within–

(a)24 hours of being taken; or

(b)48 hours of being taken if they have been stored in a refrigerator at a temperature of between 1° and 4° C from the time they could practicably have been placed there.

(3) The occupier shall ensure that the samples are identified prior to dispatch so as to enable the laboratory to determine–

(a)the name of the occupier;

(b)the address of the holding on which the breeding flock from which the samples were taken is kept;

(c)the type of samples;

(d)the date on which the samples were taken;

(e)the identification of the breeding flock sampled;

(f)the age of the breeding flock sampled;

(g)whether the breeding flock from which the samples were taken is a flock of layer breeders or meat breeders; and

(h)the status in the breeding pyramid of the breeding flock from which the samples were taken.

Records of samples

10.—(1) The occupier shall–

(a)keep a record of the information in paragraph 1 of Schedule 3 in respect of each sample taken in accordance with article 8; and

(b)by 30th June and 31st December each year, provide the Scottish Ministers with that information for the samples taken in the six months preceding the date of submission of the information.

(2) The occupier shall retain the record kept in accordance with paragraph (1)(a) for two years from the date the sample is taken.

Records of movements

11.—(1) The occupier shall keep a record of the information in paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 for each movement to and from the holding of any domestic fowl of the species Gallus gallus or their chicks or eggs.

(2) The occupier shall retain the record for two years from the date of the movement.

Duties of an approved laboratory

12.  The person in charge of an approved laboratory shall ensure that–

(a)the examination of samples submitted to it under article 9 begins within 48 hours of receipt of the samples;

(b)the samples are prepared as follows–

(i)chick box liners in accordance with Schedule 4;

(ii)boot swabs samples in accordance with point 3.1.2. of the Annex to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1003/2005; and

(iii)any other samples of faeces in accordance with point 3.1.3 of that Annex;

(c)the samples are tested for salmonella in accordance with the method in point 3.2 of that Annex; and

(d)the result of any test on any sample is reported in writing as soon as practicable to the occupier who submitted it.

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