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The Animal Feed (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Animal Feed (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2018 and come into force on 6th February 2018.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“feed authority” means an authority identified in section 67(2) (enforcement authorities) of the Agriculture Act 1970 as having the duty to enforce Part IV of that Act within its area;

“radioactive substance” means any substance that contains one or more radionuclides the activity or activity concentration of which cannot be disregarded from a radiation protection point of view.

(2) For the purposes of these Regulations, “import” and “export” are to be construed in accordance with the meanings that “time of importation” and “time of exportation” bear for the purposes of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979(1).

Prohibition of practices

3.  A person must not deliberately add a radioactive substance in the production of feeding stuff.

4.  A person must not import or export any feeding stuff to which a radioactive substance has been deliberately added during its production.

Offences and penalties

5.  A person who contravenes regulation 3 is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.

Defences of fault of another person, mistake etc.

6.—(1) Where the commission by any person of an offence under these Regulations or section 74A(3) of the Agriculture Act 1970 by virtue of these Regulations, is due to the act or default of some other person, that other person is guilty of the offence and may be convicted of the offence by virtue of this regulation whether or not proceedings are taken against the first-mentioned person.

(2) In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations or section 74A(3) of the 1970 Act by virtue of these Regulations, it is, subject to paragraph (3), a defence to prove—

(a)that the commission of the offence was due to a mistake, or reliance on information supplied by another person, or to the act or default of another person, or to an accident or some other cause beyond the accused’s control; and

(b)that the accused took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of such an offence by the accused or any other person under the accused’s control.

(3) If in any case the defence provided by paragraph (2) involves an allegation that the commission of the offence was due to the act or default of another person or to reliance on information supplied by another person, the accused is not, without leave of the court, entitled to rely on that defence unless—

(a)at least 7 days before the trial diet (not being a notional diet); or

(b)no more than 28 days after the first appearance of the accused before a court in connection with the alleged offence,

the accused has served on the prosecutor a notice in writing giving such information as the accused has to identify or assist in identifying the other person.

Enforcement

7.  It is the duty of a feed authority within its area to enforce these Regulations.

Amendment of the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009

8.  The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009(2) are amended as follows.

In schedule 2—

(a)in paragraph (f) omit “and”; and

(b)after paragraph (g) insert—

; and

(h)the Animal Feed (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2018.

Amendment of the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

9.  The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005(3) are amended as follows.

In schedule 1, after “Part IV of the Agriculture Act 1970, in so far as it relates to animal feeding stuffs”, insert “The Animal Feed (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2018”.

FERGUS EWING

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

16th January 2018

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