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Food Act 1984

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(1)In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, and without prejudice to section 47—

  • " advertisement" includes any notice, circular, label, wrapper, invoice or other document, and any public announcement made orally or by any means of producing or transmitting light or sound, and " advertise " shall be construed accordingly;

  • "analysis" includes micro-biological assay but no other form of biological assay, and "analyse" shall be construed accordingly;

  • " animal" does not include bird or fish;

  • " area ", in relation to a county council and to officers of such a council, means, as the case may require, either the county or that part of the county for which the council are the food and drugs authority, and, in relation to a local authority and to officers of such an authority, means their district;

  • " article " does not include a live animal or bird;

  • "authorised officer" has the meaning given by section 73(1);

  • " business " includes the undertaking of a canteen, club, school, hospital or institution, whether carried on for profit or not, and any undertaking or activity carried on by a public or local authority;

  • " catering premises " means premises where, in the course of a business, food is prepared and supplied for immediate consumption on the premises;

  • " cheese " means the substance usually known as cheese, containing no fat other than fat derived from milk;

  • " closure order " is an order within the meaning of section 21;

  • "container" includes any basket, pail, tray, package or receptacle of any kind, whether open or closed;

  • " council" includes a port health authority;

  • " cream " means that part of milk rich in fat which has been separated by skimming or otherwise;

  • " dairy ", " dairy farm ", " dairy farmer " and " dairyman " have the meanings given by section 32 ;

  • "district", in relation to a local authority, the City of London or the Inner or Middle Temple, and in relation to the officers of such an authority, means the area for which the authority acts;

  • " drug " includes medicine for internal or external use;

  • "emergency order" is an order within the meaning of section 22;

  • "food and drugs authority" has the meaning given by section 71;

  • " functions " includes powers and duties;

  • "home-going ship" means a ship plying exclusively in inland waters, or engaged exclusively in coastal excursions ; and for the purpose of this definition " inland waters" means any canal, river, lake, navigation or estuary, and " coastal excursion" means an excursion lasting not more than one day which starts and ends in Great Britain and does not involve calling at any place outside Great Britain;

  • " human consumption " includes use in the preparation of food for human consumption ;

  • " ice-cream " includes any similar commodity ;

  • " importation" has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, and " import " shall be construed accordingly;

  • " importer ", in relation to an imported article, includes any person who, whether as owner, consignor, consignee, agent or broker, is in possession of the article or in any way entitled to the custody or control of it;

  • " knacker's yard " means any premises used in connection with the business of slaughtering, flaying or cutting up animals the flesh of which is not intended for human consumption;

  • " local authority ", in sections 44 and 45 has the meaning given by those sections, and elsewhere in this Act has the meaning given by section 72; "milk " includes cream and separated milk, but does not include dried milk or condensed milk; "Milk and Dairies Regulations" has the meaning given by section 33; "Milk (Special Designation) Regulations " has the meaning given by section 38; "the Minister" means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State, acting jointly, except in paragraph (a) of section 5(1), section 37 so far as it relates to the Minister's power to appoint veterinary inspectors, sections 68(5), 83, 101(4), 114 and paragraph (b) of section 115(1). where it means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; "the Ministers " means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Secretary of State for Social Services, and the Secretary of State for Wales, acting jointly; "officer " includes servant; "premises" means a building or part of a building, and any forecourt, yard or place of storage used in connection with a building or part of a building, and includes, in relation to dairies and dairy farms, and the trade of dairyman or dairy farmer, any land other than buildings;

  • " preparation ", in relation to food, includes manufacture and any form of treatment, and " preparation for sale " includes packaging; and " prepare for sale " shall be construed accordingly;

  • "proper officer", in relation to any purpose and to any council or to any area, means the officer appointed for that purpose by that council or for that area, as the case may be;

  • " public analyst" has the meaning given by section 76;

  • " purveyor ", in relation to milk, includes any person who sells milk, whether wholesale or by retail;

  • "raw milk" means milk which has not been treated by heat;

  • " sampling officer " has the meaning given by section 78;

  • " sanitary convenience " means a closet, privy or urinal;

  • " separated", in relation to milk, includes skimmed;

  • " ship " includes any boat or craft, and a hovercraft within the meaning of the Hovercraft Act 1968, and " master " shall be construed accordingly;

  • " shop " has the same meaning as in the Shops Act 1950;

  • " slaughterhouse " means a place for slaughtering animals, the flesh of which is intended for sale for human consumption, and includes any place available in connection with such a place for the confinement of animals while awaiting slaughter there or for keeping, or subjecting to any treatment or process, products of the slaughtering of animals there;

  • " standard scale " has the meaning given by section 75 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982;

  • "statutory maximum" has the meaning given by section 74 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982;

  • " substance " includes a liquid;

  • " transit" includes all stages of transit from the dairy, place of manufacture or other source of origin, to the consumer;

  • " vessel" includes a receptacle of any kind, whether open or closed.

(2)All powers and duties conferred or imposed by this Act shall be deemed to be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other powers and duties conferred or imposed by Act of Parliament, law or custom, and, subject to any repeal effected by, or other express provision of, this Act, all such other powers and duties may be exercised and shall be performed in the same manner as if this Act had not been passed.

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