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Agriculture (Wales) Act 2023

Chapter 2 - Marketing Standards: Agricultural products

194.Section 34 confers powers on the Welsh Ministers in respect of standards with which certain agricultural products must conform when marketed in Wales. The powers replace time limited powers conferred by paragraph 16 of Schedule 5 to the 2020 Act.

Section 34 - Marketing standards

195.Subsection (1) provides that the Welsh Ministers may, by regulations, make provision about standards with which certain agricultural products must conform when marketed in Wales. The products are those listed in Schedule 1.

196.Subsection (2) provides a non-exhaustive list of matters that the regulations may make provision about; for example, criteria such as appearance, type of farming or production method, and storage and transport.

197.Subsection (3) states that the regulations cannot make provision about the place of farming or origin in relation to live poultry, poultry meat or spreadable fats.

198.Subsection (4) provides that the regulations make may provision about enforcement and outlines some of the matters that may be covered. These include powers of entry, the creation of summary offences and the imposition of monetary penalties.

199.Subsection (5) states that regulations made under section 34 may not authorise entry to a private dwelling without a warrant issued by a justice of the peace. “Private dwelling” is defined in section 54.

200.Subsection (6) allows the Welsh Ministers to make regulations to amend the list of agricultural products at Schedule 1 (whether by adding a product to the list, removing a product, or altering the description of a product).

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