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The Bananas (Enforcement of Quality Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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7.—(1) An authorised officer who has lawfully entered premises for the purpose of the enforcement of these Regulations, may for that purpose—

(a)require any person to provide such assistance, information or facilities as the authorised officer may reasonably require;

(b)make any enquiries, observe any activity or process, and take photographs;

(c)inspect and search the premises;

(d)inspect any machinery or equipment and any other article on the premises;

(e)inspect and take samples of any bananas found on the premises;

(f)identify, with demarcation tape or other material, bananas or a specific lot of bananas which are found not to be compliant with the EU banana quality standards;

(g)inspect, seize and detain any container used in connection with bananas;

(h)have access to, inspect and copy any label, notice, document or record (in whatever form they are held) and remove them to enable them to be copied or require copies to be made;

(i)detach, or give permission to be detached, any non compliance label or stop notice label when the reasons for their being affixed no longer apply;

(j)have access to, inspect and check the data on, and operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material that is or has been in use in connection with a label, notice, document or record mentioned in this regulation, including data relating to deleted files and activity logs; 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 such assistance (including the provision of passwords) as may reasonably be required and, where these items are kept by means of a computer, may require them to be produced in a visible and legible form in which they may be taken away;

(k)seize any computers and associated equipment for the purpose of copying any data, but only if that authorised officer has a reasonable suspicion that an offence under these Regulations has been committed, and provided they are returned as soon as practicable; and

(l)seize and detain any items in sub-paragraph (h) if the authorised officer has reason to believe that they may be required as evidence in any court or other proceedings under these Regulations.

(2) An authorised officer must—

(a)as soon as is reasonably practicable, provide to the person appearing to be responsible for any items that that authorised officer seizes and detains under paragraph (l) a written receipt identifying those items; and

(b)as soon as is reasonably practicable after deciding that those items are no longer required, return them, apart from those to be used as evidence in any court or other proceedings under these Regulations.

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