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The Food Irradiation (Wales) Regulations 2009

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PART 3Requirements and prohibitions to be observed by a licensee

1.—(1) A licensee may only irradiate food—

(a)to which the licence applies; and

(b)at the licensed facility.

(2) A licensee must not irradiate any food received from another person unless the following particulars are attached to or accompany the food when it is received—

(a)a description of the food and the name and address of its consignor;

(b)a reference by which the food, or any batch, lot or consignment of food of the same description within which food falls, can be identified;

(c)if the food is received by the licensee as a bailee—

(i)the name and address of its owner; and

(ii)the reason why its owner wants it to be irradiated; and

(d)a statement as to whether the food or any part of it has been irradiated.

2.  Every licensee must keep—

(a)food which awaits irradiation at the licensed facility on a part of the facility which is separated by a wall or barrier from any part of the facility where food which has been irradiated is kept; and

(b)all food which is either awaiting irradiation or has been irradiated on parts of the facility which are separated by a wall or barrier from any part of the facility on which other food is kept in the course of the business.

3.—(1) No licensee may irradiate food in combination with any chemical treatment having the same purpose as irradiating it.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), no licensee may irradiate food which, or any part of which, has previously been irradiated.

(3) The removal of food from, and its return to, the facility where irradiation takes place does not constitute a breach of sub-paragraph (2) where they form part of a continuous process required by the design and construction of that facility.

4.  Every licensee must number each batch of food irradiated by the licensee and, where any of the food has been received from another person, do so in such a way that the number can be linked to the reference specified in paragraph 1(2)(b) of this Part.

5.  No licensee may irradiate food save with—

(a)gamma rays from the radionuclide 60Co;

(b)gamma rays from the radionuclide 137Cs;

(c)X-rays generated from machine sources operated at or below an energy level of 5 MeV; or

(d)electrons generated from machine sources operated at or below an energy level of 10 MeV.

6.  No licensee may irradiate food save by proper irradiation.

7.  Every licensee must maintain such controls as to ensure at all times that irradiation is consistent with the method of measurement specified under paragraph 1(f)(iv) of Part 1.

8.  Every licensee must record, in relation to each batch of food irradiated by the licensee, the following information—

(a)in the case of a radionuclide facility—

(i)in relation to each source configuration of ionising radiation available for use in the facility, such information as to its position as shows whether and if so when the batch of food was exposed to it;

(ii)either the speed at which the batch travels through the facility and the route which the batch travels while passing through it or the time which the batch spends in the radiation zone;

(b)in the case of a machine source—

(i)its energy level;

(ii)its electron current;

(iii)its scanner width;

(iv)the characteristics of its beam;

(v)unless it has a scattering device, the frequency with which its beam scans the batch; and

(vi)the speed at which the batch travels through the facility.

9.—(1) Every licensee must record for each batch of food irradiated by the licensee—

(a)the nature and quantity of food in the batch;

(b)the number given to it under paragraph 4;

(c)the name and address of each consignor and consignee of food within the batch;

(d)the date on which the batch was irradiated;

(e)any microbiological information relating to food within the batch;

(f)the type of packaging in contact with the food in the batch during irradiation;

(g)where the licensee has applied temperature control while irradiating it, the temperature of the food in the batch immediately before irradiation;

(h)the maximum, minimum and overall average dose of ionising radiation applied to the batch;

(i)the type of ionising radiation used;

(j)the data used for control of the irradiation including—

(i)the positioning of dose meters within the batch and the doses of ionising radiation recorded by them;

(ii)previous tests used for the purpose of validating that positioning; and

(iii)the method (including instrumentation and frequency) used for measuring the doses of ionising radiation applied during the irradiation, and in the previous tests, and the dosimetry standard used to calibrate the meters used to measure them.

(2) A licensee must not consign food irradiated by the licensee to another person unless it is accompanied by—

(a)the licensee’s name;

(b)the licensee’s licence number;

(c)the information specified in sub-paragraph (1)(a) to (d); and

(d)the overall average dose required to be recorded by sub-paragraph (1)(h).

10.  Every licensee must keep the information required by paragraphs 8 and 9(1) to be recorded for 5 years, even if the licensee ceases meanwhile to be licensed.

11.  Every licensee must send to the Agency by the last day of February each year a return in writing in respect of the previous calendar year containing—

(a)the licensee’s name;

(b)the licensee’s licence number;

(c)the year to which the return relates;

(d)a description of each food which the licensee has irradiated during the year; and

(e)the quantity, by volume or weight, of each such food.

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