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The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012

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Amendments to the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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2.—(1) The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Regulations 2004(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (8).

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation)—

(a)for the definition of “the Decision” substitute—

“the Decision” means Commission Implementing Decision (EU) No 2011/787 authorising Member States temporarily to take emergency measures against the dissemination of Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al. as regards Egypt, as amended from time to time;;

(b)after the definition of “originating in Egypt” insert—

“pest-free area” means an area of Egypt which, at the time of import, is included on the list of pest-free areas conveyed by the European Commission to Member States of the European Union for the purposes of Article 1.2 or 1.3 of the Decision; and

(c)for the definition of “phytosanitary certificate” substitute—

“phytosanitary certificate” means a certificate which complies with the relevant requirements of articles 7 and 15 of the Order and, in addition, the requirements of point 2.2(c) of the Annex to the Decision;.

(3) For regulation 3 substitute—

Imports of potatoes originating in Egypt

3.(1) No person may import into Scotland any potatoes which that person knows or has reasonable cause to suspect originated in Egypt in an area other than a pest-free area.

(2) No person may import into Scotland any potatoes which were grown in a pest-free area unless those potatoes are accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.

(3) The requirement imposed by item 35a of Part A of Schedule 4 to the Order (an official statement that the tubers originate in areas in which Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith) Smith is not known to occur)(2) does not apply to imports of potatoes originating in  Egypt..

(4) In regulation 4 (approval of premises which process potatoes originating in Egypt), after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) It is a condition of any approval granted pursuant to paragraph (1) that potatoes originating in Egypt must, following treatment, be labelled to indicate their origin..

(5) In regulation 5 (powers of an inspector)—

(a)in paragraph (2), after “regulation 3(1)” insert “or (2)”; and

(b)in paragraph (3), after “regulation 4(1)” insert “or (2A)”.

(6) In regulation 6 (charges in respect of the sampling of imports of potatoes)—

(a)in paragraph (1), for “paragraph 3” substitute “point 5”; and

(b)in paragraph (2), for “paragraph 1(a)” substitute “point 1”.

(7) For regulation 7 substitute—

Offences

7.(1) A person commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, he or she contravenes or fails to comply with regulation 3(1), 3(2) or 4(1).

(2) A person who commits an offence under paragraph (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale..

(8) After regulation 7 (offences) , insert—

Offences by bodies corporate

7A.(1) Where—

(a)an offence under these Regulations is committed by a body corporate or a Scottish partnership or other unincorporated association; and

(b)it is proved that the offence was committed with the consent or connivance of, or was attributable to any neglect on the part of—

(i)a relevant individual; or

(ii)an individual purporting to act in the capacity of a relevant individual,

the individual as well as the body corporate, Scottish partnership or unincorporated association commits the offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2) In paragraph (1) “relevant individual” means—

(a)in relation to a body corporate—

(i)a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body;

(ii)where the affairs of the body are managed by its members, a member;

(b)in relation to a Scottish partnership, a partner; and

(c)in relation to an unincorporated association other than a Scottish partnership, a person who is concerned in the management or control of the association..

(1)

S.S.I. 2004/111, relevantly amended by S.S.I. 2007/94.

(2)

Item 35a was inserted by S.S.I. 2009/153, article 7(1)(c). Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al. is also known as Pseudomonas solanacearum (Smith), see recital (1) of the Decision.

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