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The Bovines and Bovine Products (Despatch Prohibition and Production Restriction) Regulations 1997

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2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

“bovine animal” means a bull, cow, steer, heifer or calf;

“Commission Decision 96/239/EC” means Commission Decision 96/239/EC(1) on emergency measures to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as amended by Commission Decision 96/362/EC(2);

“controlled bovine by-product” means—




an amino acid;


a peptide;


tallow; or


a product derived, by hydrolysis at a temperature of at least 250°C, from tallow (other than tallow produced in accordance with regulation 4(1) below),

produced in the United Kingdom from any part of a bovine animal and which is—


liable to enter the human food chain or animal feed chain; or


destined for use in cosmetic, medical or pharmaceutical products;

“inspector” means—


a person appointed as such by the Minister;


a person appointed as such by a local authority in relation to its enforcement responsibilities under these Regulations; and


any veterinary surgeon appointed under regulation 3(4)(b) or 4(4)(b) below,

and includes a veterinary inspector appointed as such by the Minister;

“local authority” means—


in relation to England—


as respects each London borough, district or non-metropolitan county, the council of that borough, district or county;


where there is a Port Health Authority, that authority in addition to the authority specified in paragraph (i) above;


as respects the City of London, the Common Council; and


as respects the Isles of Scilly, the Council of the Isles of Scilly;


in relation to Scotland, a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994(3); and


in relation to Wales—


as respects each county or county borough the council of that county or county borough; and


where there is a Port Health Authority, that authority in addition to the authority specified in paragraph (i) above;

“officer” means a person commissioned by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise;

“the Minister” means, in relation to England, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and, in relation to Scotland or Wales, the Secretary of State;

“the Ministers” means the Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State;

“premises” includes any place, stall or moveable structure;

“relevant goods” means—


meat for human consumption;


any meat product for human consumption;


any meat preparation for human consumption; or


food for domestic carnivores,

obtained from a bovine animal which was not slaughtered in the United Kingdom;

“vertebral column” includes any part thereof; and

“veterinary inspector” means a person appointed as a veterinary inspector by the Minister.

(2) Expressions in these Regulations which are not defined in paragraph (1) above and which appear in Article 1(1) of Commission Decision 96/239/EC have the same meaning in these Regulations as in that Decision.


OJ No. L 78, 28.3.96, p. 47.


OJ No. L139, 12.6.96, p. 17.

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