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The Seed Potatoes (Wales) Regulations 2016

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PART 1Official labels

1.  An official label used in relation to pre-basic seed potatoes must be coloured white with a diagonal violet line.

2.  An official label used in relation to basic seed potatoes must be coloured white.

3.  An official label used in relation to certified seed potatoes must be coloured blue.

4.  An official label used in relation to test and trial seed potatoes must be coloured orange.

5.  An official label must measure not less than 110 millimetres x 67 millimetres.

6.  An official label for pre-basic seed potatoes must, in relation to the seed potatoes to which it relates, state the following particulars—

(a)the Certification Authority and member State or their distinguishing abbreviations;

(b)the producer’s identification number or a lot reference number;

(c)the month and year of sealing;

(d)the species, indicated at least in Roman characters, under its botanical name, which may be given in abridged form and without the authors’ names, or under its common name, or both;

(e)the variety, indicated at least in Roman characters;

(f)the grade; and

(g)the description “pre-basic seed potatoes”.

7.  An official label for basic seed potatoes or certified seed potatoes must—

(a)contain the statement “EU Rules and Standards”; and

(b)in relation to the seed potatoes to which it relates, state the following particulars—

(i)the Certification Authority and member State or their distinguishing abbreviations;

(ii)the producer’s identification number or a lot reference number;

(iii)the month and year of sealing;

(iv)the variety, indicated at least in Roman characters;

(v)the country of production;

(vi)the category;

(vii)the grade;

(viii)the size; and

(ix)the net weight.

8.  An official label for test and trial seed potatoes must—

(a)contain the statements “variety not yet officially listed” and “for tests and trials only”; and

(b)in relation to the seed potatoes to which it relates, state the following particulars—

(i)the Certification Authority and member State or their distinguishing abbreviations;

(ii)the producer’s identification number or a lot reference number;

(iii)the month and year of sealing;

(iv)the species;

(v)the denomination of the variety under which the seed potatoes are to be marketed (which may be the breeder’s reference, the proposed denomination or the approved denomination);

(vi)the reference number in respect of the application submitted in accordance with regulation 4(1)(a) of the National Lists Regulations for acceptance of the variety concerned on to a National List;

(vii)the size; and

(viii)the net weight.

9.  In the case of seed potatoes of a conservation variety, in addition to the requirements of paragraphs 1 to 8, an official label must contain the further information required by Article 18 of Directive 2008/62/EC.

10.  Without prejudice to paragraphs 1 to 8, an official label may contain such further statements—

(a)concerning the field generation to which the seed potatoes belong;

(b)as required or permitted to be included in an official label in accordance with any provision of these Regulations or the Plant Health (Wales) Order 2006; or

(c)as the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate.

11.  Where the field generation is not indicated on the official label, seed potatoes are deemed to belong to—

(a)in the case of pre-basic seed potatoes, the fourth generation;

(b)in the case of basic seed potatoes—

(i)of Union grade S, the fifth generation;

(ii)of Union grade SE, the sixth generation;

(iii)of Union grade E, the seventh generation;

(c)in the case of certified seed potatoes of Union grade A or Union grade B, the ninth generation.

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