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The Food Irradiation (Scotland) Regulations 2009

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1.  A person seeking a licence to irradiate food (“the applicant”) shall apply by sending to the Agency an application in writing containing—

(a)the applicant’s name;

(b)the applicant’s address;

(c)the address of the facility at which the applicant proposes to irradiate food;

(d)details of any licence or registration under any other legislation which enables the applicant to use ionising radiation at the facility in circumstances where, but for that licence or registration, that use would be unlawful;

(e)a description of each food which the applicant proposes to irradiate which is sufficient to show that it falls within a permitted category of food;

(f)in respect of each food described pursuant to sub-paragraph (e)—

(i)the purpose for which the applicant proposes to irradiate the food and how that would benefit consumers;

(ii)the method by which the applicant will ensure that the food is in a suitably wholesome state before irradiation;

(iii)the overall average dose, maximum dose and minimum dose of ionising radiation which the applicant proposes to apply to the food;

(iv)the method (including instrumentation and frequency) by which the applicant proposes to measure any dose of ionising radiation and the dosimetry standard which the applicant proposes to use to calibrate the dose meters used to measure it;

(v)whether or not the applicant proposes to irradiate the food in packaging in contact with the food and, if so, the packaging which the applicant proposes to use; and

(vi)whether or not the applicant proposes to apply temperature control to the food while irradiating it and, if so, the temperature at which the applicant proposes to keep the food during the application of temperature control;

(g)in respect of each food described under sub-paragraph (e), particulars demonstrating that the irradiation will be in conformity with Schedule 1 and the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission Recommended International Code of Practice for the operation of irradiation facilities used for the treatment of foods (in this Part of this Schedule referred to as “the Code of Practice”), reference FAO/WHO/CAC, vol XV, edition 1(1);

(h)a plan of the layout of the facility, details of its design and construction and a statement of the practices which the applicant proposes to apply, including—

(i)the proposed method of irradiating food;

(ii)the type of radiation to be used;

(iii)the proposed methods of business control and organisation, including the minimum qualifications (whether they are formal or are derived from skill, training or experience) of persons who will be involved in applying the practices;

(i)the identity and qualifications of the person who has been designated to be responsible for compliance with the conditions necessary for application of the practices referred to in sub-paragraph (h) and that person’s position within the applicant’s management structure;

(j)the date from which the applicant wishes the licence to run; and

(k)any other particulars which the applicant wishes the Agency to consider in deciding whether to grant a licence.

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A copy of the Code of Practice may be obtained from the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Vialle della Terme di Caracalla, 0010, Rome.

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