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The Seed Potatoes (Scotland) Regulations 2015

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5.—(1) An authorised officer may only issue a crop inspection report if satisfied that—S

(a)except where sub-paragraph (2) applies, the seed potatoes have not at any stage of their production come into contact with—

(i)potatoes other than seed potatoes; or

(ii)any plant, machinery, equipment, container, store or vehicle previously used in the production of potatoes other than seed potatoes;

(b)the seed potatoes have, at all stages of production, been kept separate from seed potatoes of any other grade or variety;

(c)the propagation, growing and storage of the seed potatoes, has been carried out effectively in accordance with any notice given, or guidance published, from time to time by the Scottish Ministers for the purposes of the prevention of the occurrence, development or spread of pests and diseases;

(d)the seed potatoes are or were grown on an agricultural unit on which only pre-basic seed potatoes or basic seed potatoes permitted to be planted in accordance with article 39(3) of the Plant Health (Scotland) Order 2005 F1, are or were grown in the same year;

(e)blanking in any of the growing crop of the seed potatoes is not or was not excessive;

(f)roguing of the growing crop of the seed potatoes has been carried out and the growing crop has not been over-rogued;

(g)the seed potatoes in any one crop are of a single variety; and

(h)the seed potatoes are taken from a crop which is free from all of the following diseases or pests—

(i)Potato Wart Disease (Synchytrium endobioticum (Schilb) Perc.);

(ii)Potato Cyst Nematode (Globodera spp. infesting potatoes);

(iii)Ring Rot (Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus (Spieck & Kotth) Daviset al.);

(iv)Brown Rot (Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchiet al.) ;

(v)Potato Tuber Moth (Phthorimaea operculella (Zell);

(vi)Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid;

(vii)Colorado Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say); and

(viii)Potato Tuber Eelworm (Ditylenchus destructor Thorne).

(2) This sub-paragraph applies where—

(a)the seed potatoes and potatoes other than seed potatoes were produced on the same agricultural unit; or

(b)the production of the seed potatoes was in accordance with arrangements approved in writing by the Scottish Ministers, prior to the use of the relevant plant, machinery, equipment, container, store or vehicle.

F1S.S.I. 2005/613. Regulation 22 of these Regulations makes an amendment to the Plant Health (Scotland) Order 2005, which affects the interpretation of article 39(3).

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