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This Order consolidates with amendments the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Contamination of Feeding Stuff) (Wales) (No. 3) Order 1989, as amended. It contains emergency prohibitions restricting various activities in order to prevent human consumption of food rendered unsuitable for that purpose in consequence of the escape of lead into imported animal feeding stuff.
The Order designates certain farms, holdings agricultural and other premises in Wales within which certain activities are prohibited (articles 3, 4 and 7 and the Schedule). Movement of cattle, sheep and goats and food from any of these areas is controlled (articles 5 and 7) and certain other restrictions extend throughout the United Kingdom (articles 6 and 7). Provision is made for certain exceptions to the restrictions in the Order (article 8).
This Order makes the following changes of substance:–
(a)further farms, holdings and premises (shown in italics in the Schedule) are designated and certain other farms, holdings, and premises are removed from the designated area (article 3 and the Schedule);
(b)the prohibition in the designated area on preparing or processing for supply food derived from cattle is limited to cattle that were in the designated area on or after 8th November 1989 (article 4(b));
(c)makes further exceptions to the restrictions in articles 6(a) and (b) and 7(1) of the Order (article 8(3), (5) and (6)).
Under section 21 of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 the penalty for contravening an emergency prohibition is:
(a)on summary conviction, a fine of an amount not exceeding the statutory maximum (at present £2,000);
(b)on conviction on indictment, an unlimited fine, or imprisionment for a term of not more than two years, or both.
Powers of enforcement in relation to emergency prohibitions are conferred by section 4 of, and Schedule 2 to, the 1985 Act. Obstruction of enforcement officers is an offence under paragraph 10 of that Schedule.
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