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The Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Wales) Regulations 2005

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Title, application and commencement

1.  The title of these Regulations is the Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Wales) Regulations 2005, they apply in relation to Wales and come into force on 7 November 2005.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the Agency” (“yr Asiantaeth”) means the Food Standards Agency;

“animal feed” (“bwyd anifeiliaid”) and “human food” (“bwyd i bobl”) have the meanings that they respectively bear in Regulation 999/2001;

“authorised officer” (“swyddog awdurdodedig”), in relation to the relevant enforcement authority, means any person (whether or not an officer of the authority) who is authorised by it in writing, either generally or specially, to act in matters arising under these Regulations and includes—

(a)

in relation to premises licensed under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995(1)—

(i)

a veterinary surgeon appointed as an authorised officer in relation to those premises in accordance with regulation 8(1) of those Regulations,

(ii)

any other person appointed as an inspector in relation to those premises in accordance with regulation 8(2) of those Regulations;

(b)

in relation to any premises that are combined premises for the purposes of and are approved under the Meat Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1994(2), a person authorised by the Agency in writing, either generally or specially, to act in matters arising under those Regulations; and

(c)

in relation to any premises that are combined premises for the purposes of and are approved under the Minced Meat and Meat Preparations (Hygiene) Regulations 1995(3), a person—

(i)

appointed as an authorised officer in relation to those premises in accordance with regulation 12(2) of those Regulations, or

(ii)

authorised to act in relation to those premises in accordance with regulation 12(3) of those Regulations;

“bovine animal” (“anifail buchol”) includes—

(a)

buffalo of the species Bubalus bubalis; and

(b)

Bison bison;

“the Commission Decision” (“Penderfyniad y Comisiwn”) means Commission Decision 2005/598/EC prohibiting the placing on the market of products derived from bovine animals born or reared within the United Kingdom before 1 August 1996 for any purpose and exempting such animals from certain control and eradication measures laid down in Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001(4);

“fertilisers” (“gwrteithiau”) has the meaning given to it in Article 3.1(k) of Regulation 999/2001;

“food authority” (“awdurdod bwyd”) means the relevant body specified in section 5(1A) of the Food Safety Act 1990(5);

“material” (“deunydd”) and “product” (cynnyrch”) shall respectively be construed in accordance with the meanings that “materials” and “products” bear in the Commission Decision;

“place on the market” (“rhoi ar y farchnad”) means sell, supply in any other way against payment or free of charge and store with a view to supplying against payment or free of charge and “placed on the market” (“gafodd ei roi ar y farchnad”) shall be construed accordingly;

“port health authority” (“awdurdod iechyd porthladd”) means in relation to any port health district constituted by order under section 2(3) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984(6), a port health authority for that district constituted by order under section 2(4) of that Act;

“Regulation 999/2001” (“Rheoliad 999/2001”) means Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies(7), as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1292/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001(8); and

“relevant enforcement authority” (“awdurdod gorfodi perthnasol”) means the authority which by virtue of regulation 7 has the duty of executing and enforcing these Regulations.

(2) Any reference in these Regulations to a food authority includes a reference to a port health authority and in the context of such a reference any reference to a food authority’s area includes a reference to a port health authority’s district.

Prohibition on sale of certain products derived from older bovine animals

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), no person may place on the market any product—

(a)consisting of or incorporating any material derived from a bovine animal born or reared within the United Kingdom before 1 August 1996; and

(b)intended for use in human food, animal feed or fertilisers.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (1) prevents milk derived from a bovine animal born or reared within the United Kingdom before 1 August 1996 from being placed on the market.

Application of various provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990

4.  The following provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990(9) apply for the purposes of these Regulations with the modification that any reference in those provisions to that Act or Part thereof must be construed as a reference to these Regulations—

(a)section 20 (offences due to fault of another person);

(b)section 21 (defence of due diligence)(10) with the modification that subsections (2) to (4) apply in relation to an offence under regulation 6(1) as they apply in relation to an offence under section 14 or 15 and that in subsection (4)(b) the references to “sale or intended sale” are deemed to be references to “placing on the market” as defined in Article 3.1(b) of Regulation 999/2001;

(c)section 32 (powers of entry);

(d)section 33(1) (obstruction etc. of officers);

(e)section 33(2), with the modification that the reference to “any such requirement as is mentioned in subsection 1(b) above” is deemed to be a reference to any such requirement as is mentioned in section 33(1)(b) as applied by sub-paragraph (d);

(f)section 35(1) (punishment of offences)(11), in so far as it relates to offences under section 33(1) as applied by sub-paragraph (d);

(g)section 35(2) and (3)(12), in so far as it relates to offences under section 33(2) as applied by sub-paragraph (e);

(h)section 36 (offences by bodies corporate);

(i)section 36A (offences by Scottish partnerships)(13); and

(j)section 44 (protection of officers acting in good faith) with the modification that the references to “food authority” are deemed to be references to the relevant enforcement authority).

Inspection and seizure of suspected products

5.—(1) An authorised officer of the relevant enforcement authority may at all reasonable times inspect any product that has been placed on the market and paragraphs (2) to (7) will apply where, on such an inspection or for any other reasonable cause, it appears to the authorised officer that any person has failed to comply with regulation 3 in relation to any product.

(2) The authorised officer may either—

(a)give notice to the person in charge of the product that, until the notice is withdrawn, the product or any specified portion of it—

(i)is not to be further placed on the market for use in human food, animal feed or fertilisers, and

(ii)either is not to be removed or is not to be removed except to some place specified in the notice; or

(b)seize the product and remove it in order to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace.

(3) Where the authorised officer exercises the power conferred by paragraph (2)(a), that officer must, as soon as is reasonably practicable and in any event within 21 days, determine whether or not he or she is satisfied that regulation 3 has been complied with in relation to the product and—

(a)if so satisfied, forthwith withdraw the notice; and

(b)if not so satisfied, seize the product and remove it in order to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace.

(4) Where an authorised officer exercises the power conferred by paragraph (2)(b) or (3)(b), he or she must inform the person in charge of the product of his or her intention to have it dealt with by a justice of the peace and—

(a)any person who under regulation 3 might be liable to a prosecution in respect of the product will, if that person attends before the justice of the peace by whom the product falls to be dealt with, be entitled to be heard and to call witnesses; and

(b)that justice of the peace may, but need not, be a member of the court before which any person is charged with an offence under that section in relation to that product.

(5) If it appears to a justice of the peace, on the basis of such evidence as he or she considers appropriate in the circumstances, that there has been a failure to comply with regulation 3 in relation to any product falling to be dealt with by him or her under this regulation, he or she must condemn the product and order—

(a)the product to be destroyed or to be so disposed of as to prevent it from being used for human consumption; and

(b)any expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the destruction or disposal to be defrayed by the owner of the product.

(6) If a notice under paragraph (2)(a) is withdrawn, or the justice of the peace by whom any product falls to be dealt with under this regulation refuses to condemn it, the relevant enforcement authority must compensate the owner of the product for any depreciation in its value resulting from the action taken by the authorised officer.

(7) Any disputed question as to the right to or the amount of any compensation payable under paragraph (6) must be determined by arbitration.

Offences and penalties

6.—(1) Any person who contravenes regulation 3 or knowingly contravenes the requirements of a notice under paragraph (2)(a) of regulation 5 will be guilty of an offence.

(2) Any person guilty of an offence under this regulation will be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both; or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

(3) No prosecution for an offence consisting of a contravention of regulation 3 or of knowingly contravening the requirements of a notice given under paragraph 2(a) of regulation 5 may be begun after the expiry of—

(a)three years from the commission of the offence; or

(b)one year from its discovery by the prosecutor,

whichever is the earlier.

Enforcement

7.  These Regulations must be executed and enforced—

(a)by the Agency in—

(i)premises licensed under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995,

(ii)premises that are combined premises for the purposes of and are approved under the Meat Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1994, and

(iii)premises that are combined premises for the purposes of and are approved under the Minced Meat and Meat Preparations (Hygiene) Regulations 1995; and

(b)in any other premises, by the food authority in whose area the premises are situated.

Amendment of the Animal By-Products (Identification) Regulations 1995

8.  For paragraph (3) of regulation 3 (meaning of animal by-product) of the Animal By-Products (Identification) Regulations 1995(14) so far as it applies in relation to Wales there is substituted the following paragraph—

(3) In these Regulations the definition of “animal by-product” includes—

(a)any product subject to the prohibition imposed by regulation 3 of the Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Wales) Regulations 2005; and

(b)any bovine carcase or body part in respect of which a direction for disposal has been given under regulation 10A(5) of the TSE (Wales) Regulations 2002(15)..

Revocations

9.  The Fresh Meat (Beef Controls) (No. 2) Regulations 1996(16) are revoked.

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(17).

D. Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

1 November 2005

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