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The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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5.—(1) In accordance with Article 13(1)(c) of, and point 2 of Chapter A of Annex VII to, the EU TSE Regulation (measures following confirmation of the presence of a TSE) as read with Article 2(1)(b) and (2) of Commission Decision 2007/411/EC, when it is confirmed that a bovine animal had a TSE an inspector must cause to be killed—

(a)(if the animal is female) all its progeny born within 2 years prior to, or after, clinical onset of the disease; and

(b)in all cases, all the bovine animals in its cohort born on or after 1st August 1996 except where—

(i)an inspector is satisfied that the animal did not have access to the same feed as the animal in which a TSE was confirmed; or

(ii)the animal is a bull that is kept at, and will not be removed from, a semen collection centre, but it is an offence to remove the animal from the centre except to be killed, and when it is killed the owner must ensure that the carcase is completely destroyed, and failure to do so is an offence.

(2) If the animal is not killed on the holding, an inspector must ensure that its cattle passport is stamped “Not for human consumption” and serve a notice directing the owner to consign it to other premises for killing as specified in the direction.

(3) If the test is confirmed as negative the inspector must remove all restrictions imposed because of the suspect animal and return the cattle passports.

(4) When an animal is killed under this paragraph, it is an offence to remove the body of the animal from the premises on which it was killed except in accordance with a written direction from an inspector.

(5) The appeals procedure in regulation 10 applies to a decision to kill under sub-paragraph (1)(b), and no animal may be killed until—

(a)receipt of written notification from the person on whom the notice is served that that person has no intention to proceed with an appeal;

(b)after the 21 day period for appeal under regulation 10 has expired; or

(c)if there is an appeal, the appeal is refused or withdrawn.

(6) When an animal is killed under this paragraph, it is an offence to remove the carcase from the premises on which it was killed except in accordance with a written direction from an inspector.

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