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Powers of authorised officersF1F2S

8.  An authorised officer of an enforcement authority entering any premises under these Regulations may—

(a)inspect any beef or veal present on those premises;

(b)take samples from any beef or veal on those premises and, if necessary, send the samples for testing;

(c)inspect any labels and relevant business records (including electronic records) in whatever form they are held and take copies;

(d)seize and detain any such labels and records (including electronic records) that may be required as evidence in proceedings under these Regulations;

(e)have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with any record mentioned in paragraph (c), and require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford such assistance as that person may reasonably require;

(f)where records are kept by means of a computer, require the records to be produced in a visible and legible form in which they may be taken away.

F11972 c.68. Section 2(2) was amended by the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46) (“the 1998 Act”), Schedule 8, paragraph 15(3) (which was amended by section 27(4) of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c.51) (“the 2006 Act”)). Section 2(2) was also amended by section 27(1)(a) of the 2006 Act and by the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c.7), Schedule 1, Part 1. The functions conferred upon the Minister of the Crown under section 2(2), insofar as within devolved competence, were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the 1998 Act.

F2O.J. L 31, 1.2.2002, p.1 as last amended by Regulation (EC) No. 596/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (O.J. L 188, 18.7.2009, p.14).