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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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14.—(1) An inspector may—

(a)seize any—

(i)animal;

(ii)body of an animal, part of a body of an animal (including the blood and the hide), semen, embryo or ovum;

(iii)animal protein or feedingstuffs that may contain animal protein; or

(iv)milk or milk product,

and dispose of them as necessary;

(b)carry out any inquiries, investigations, examinations and tests;

(c)collect, pen and inspect any animal and for this purpose may require the keeper of the animal to arrange for its collection and penning;

(d)inspect any body of an animal, part of a body of an animal (including the blood and the hide), semen, embryo or ovum;

(e)inspect any part of the premises, any equipment, facility, operation or procedure;

(f)take any samples;

(g)have access to, and inspect and copy, any records (in whatever form they are held) in order to determine if these Regulations are being complied with, including records kept under the EU TSE Regulation and these Regulations, or remove such records to enable them to be copied;

(h)have access to, inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material that is or has been in use in connection with any record; and for this purpose may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford the inspector such assistance as the inspector may reasonably require (including providing the inspector with any necessary passwords) and, where a record is kept by means of a computer, may require the records to be produced in a form in which they may be taken away;

(i)mark anything (including an animal) whether electronically or otherwise, for identification purposes; and

(j)lock or seal any container or store.

(2) Any person who without reasonable cause defaces, obliterates, or removes any mark or seal, or removes any lock, applied under paragraph (1) is guilty of an offence.

(3) An inspector is not personally liable for any act done in the execution or purported execution of these Regulations and within the scope of his or her employment, if the inspector acted in the honest belief that a duty under these Regulations required it or entitled it to be done; but this does not relieve the Scottish Ministers, a local authority or the Food Standards Agency from any liability in respect of the acts of an inspector appointed by them.

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