Food Safety (Fishery Products and Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Published: 1996-07-01

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1996 No. 264

FOOD
Food Safety (Fishery Products and Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

Made
1st July 1996

Coming into operation
12th August 1996

The Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Articles 15(1), 16(1), 25(3), 26(3), 47(2) and 48(2) of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991(1) and, being a designated Department(2) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(3) in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Community, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the said section 2(2), and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf and after consultation in accordance with Article 47(3) of the said Order with such organisations as appear to it to be representative of interests likely to be substantially affected by these Regulations, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Food Safety (Fishery Products and Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 and shall come into operation on 12th August 1996.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(4) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Amendment of the Food Safety (Fishery Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

2.  The Food Safety (Fishery Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(5) shall be amended as specified in Schedule 1.

Amendment of the Food Safety (Fishery Products on Fishing Vessels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

3.  In the Food Safety (Fishery Products on Fishing Vessels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(6) in regulation 1(2) (interpretation) for the definition of “fishery products” there shall be substituted—

““fishery products” has the same meaning as in the Food Safety (Fishery Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993;”.

Amendment of the Food Safety (Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

4.  The Food Safety (Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(7) shall be amended as specified in Schedule 2.

Amendment of the Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

5.  The Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(8) shall be amended as specified in Schedule 3.

Revocations

6.  The Regulations specified in column (1) of Schedule 4 are hereby revoked to the extent specified in column (3) of that Schedule.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland on

L.S.
P. A. Conliffe
Assistant Secretary
1st July 1996.

Regulation 2

SCHEDULE 1Amendments to the Food Safety (Fishery Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

1.  In Section C of Part II of Schedule 1, for paragraphs 1 and 2 there shall be substituted—

“1.  When chemical checks are to be carried out by the district council samples must be taken and subjected to laboratory analysis for the control of the following parameters—

(a)TVB-N (Total Volatile Basic-Nitrogen), in respect of which—

(i)the following TVB-N limits must not be exceeded—

— 25 milligrams of nitrogen per 100 grams of flesh for the following species:

Sebastes spp.;

Helicolenus dactylopterus;

Sebastichthys capensis;

— 30 milligrams of nitrogen per 100 grams of flesh for the following species:

all species belonging to the Pleuronectidae family (with the exception of halibut: Hippoglossus spp.);

— 35 milligrams of nitrogen per 100 grams of flesh for the following species:

Salmo salar;

species belonging to the Merlucciidae family;

species belonging to the Gadidae family;

(ii)the reference method to be used for checking the TVB-N limit is the method involving distillation of an extract deproteinized by perchloric acid as set out in Annexes II and III of Commission Decision 95/149/EC of 8th March 1995(9) (“the Decision”) read together with Article 3 of the Decision;

(iii)the routine methods which may be used to check the TVB-N limit are those specified in Article 2(3) of the Decision;

(iv)the sample must consist of about 100 grams of flesh, taken from at least 3 different points and mixed together by grinding;

(b)TMA-N (Trimethylamine-Nitrogen);

(c)Histamine, in respect of which—

(i)nine samples must be taken from each batch; these must fulfil the following requirements—

the mean value must not exceed 100 parts per million (“ppm”);

two samples may have a value of more than 100 ppm but less than 200 ppm;

no sample may have a value exceeding 200 ppm;

(ii)these limits apply only to fish species of the following families: Scombridae and Clupeidae; however, fish belonging to these families which have undergone enzyme ripening treatment in brine may have higher histamine levels but not more than twice the above values; examinations must be carried out in accordance with reliable, scientifically recognised methods, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).”.

Regulation 4

SCHEDULE 2Amendments to the Food Safety (Live Bivalve Molluscs and other Shellfish) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

1.  In regulation 3 (general restriction on importing live bivalve molluscs or other shellfish), in paragraph (1)(a)(i), for “and the Reference Laboratories Decision are satisfied” there shall be substituted “are satisfied and the control system to which they have been subject in accordance with Chapter VI of the Annex to the Council Directive includes provision for the laboratory tests mentioned in paragraph 3 of that Chapter to be carried out at a national reference laboratory responsible for the tasks set out in Article 2.1 of the Reference Laboratories Decision”.

2.  In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 (approved import conditions), after “Commission Decision 93/530/EEC” there shall be inserted “, Commission Decision 94/767/EC (10) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC(11).”

3.  After paragraph 1 of Schedule 1, there shall be added:

“2.  Commission Decision 94/777/EC laying down special conditions for the import of live bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods originating in Turkey(12), as amended by Commission Decision 95/275/EC(13) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC.

3.  Commission Decision 95/174/EC laying down special conditions for the import of live bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods originating in Peru(14).

4.  Commission Decision 95/453/EC laying down special conditions for the import of live bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods originating in the Republic of Korea(15).”.

Regulation 5

SCHEDULE 3Amendments to the Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

1.  In regulation 2(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “the Council and Commission Decisions” the words “Council and” shall be omitted in both places where they appear.

2.  In regulation 3 (general restriction on importing fishery products)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(a), for “and the Council and Commission Decisions are satisfied” there shall be substituted “, and the Commission Decisions are satisfied and the control system to which they have been subject in accordance with Chapter V of the annex to the Council Directive includes provision for the chemical checks mentioned in paragraph 3 of that Chapter to be carried out at a national reference laboratory responsible for the tasks set out in Article 2.1 of Council Decision 93/383/EEC on reference laboratories for the monitoring of marine biotoxins”(16);

(b)in paragraph (1)(c)(i), for the words “and the Council and Commission Decisions which relate to that process or operation are satisfied” there shall be substituted “, and the Commission Decisions which relate to that process or operation are satisfied and the control system to which they have been subject in accordance with Chapter V of the annex to the Council Directive includes provision for the chemical checks mentioned in paragraph 3 of that Chapter to be carried out at a national reference laboratory responsible for the tasks set out in Article 2.1 of Council Decision 93/383/EEC on reference laboratories for the monitoring of marine biotoxins”.

3.  In regulation 4 (additional conditions relating to certain third country imports), in paragraph 2(a)(iii), for “Commission Decision 93/185/EEC of 15th March 1993” there shall be substituted “Commission Decision 95/328/EC of 25th July 1995(17)”.

4.  In Schedule 1 (approved import conditions)—

(a)in paragraph 1, after “Commission Decision 94/188/EC” there shall be inserted “, Commission Decision 94/675/EC(18), Commission Decision 94/675/EC corrigendum(19), Commission Decision 95/164/EC(20), and Commission Decision 96/31/EC(21)”;

(b)in paragraph 2, after “Commission Decision 94/341/EC” there shall be inserted “, Commission Decision 95/299/EC(22) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(c)in paragraph 3, after “Faroe Islands” there shall be inserted “, as amended by Commission Decision 95/151/EC(23) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(d)in paragraph 4, after “Commission Decision 94/287/EC” there shall be inserted “, Commission Decision 94/674/EC(24), Commission Decision 94/989/EC(25), Commission Decision 95/351/EC(26) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(e)in paragraph 5, after “Brazil” there shall be inserted “as amended by Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(f)in paragraph 6, after “Ecuador” there shall be inserted “, as amended by Commission Decision 94/840/EC(27), Commission Decision 95/177/EC(28) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(g)paragraph 7 shall be deleted;

(h)in paragraph 8, after “Commission Decision 94/469/EC” there shall be inserted “, Commission Decision 95/332/EC(29) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(i)in paragraph 9, after “Singapore” there shall be inserted “, as amended by Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(j)in paragraph 10, after “Indonesia” there shall be inserted “, as amended by Commission Decision 95/34/EC(30) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”;

(k)in paragraph 11, after “Thailand” there shall be inserted “, as amended by Commission Decision 94/704/EC(31), Commission Decision 95/178/EC(32) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”; and

(l)in paragraph 12, after “New Zealand” there shall be inserted “, as amended by Commission Decision 94/705/EC(33), Commission Decision 95/179/EC(34), Commission Decision 95/310/EC(35) and Commission Decision 96/31/EC”.

5.  After paragraph 12 there shall be added:

“13.  Commission Decision 94/766/EC laying down special conditions governing the import of fishery and aquaculture products originating in Taiwan(36), as amended by Commission Decision 96/31/EC.

14.  Commission Decision 94/778/EC laying down special conditions for the import of frozen or processed bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods originating in Turkey(37), as amended by Commission Decision 96/31/EC.

15.  Commission Decision 95/30/EC laying down special conditions governing imports of fishery and aquaculture products originating in Morocco(38), as amended by Commission Decision 95/298/EC(39).

16.  Commission Decision 95/90/EC laying down special conditions governing the import of fishery and aquaculture products originating in Albania(40), as amended by Commission Decision 95/235/EC(41).

17.  Commission Decision 95/173/EC laying down special conditions governing imports of fishery and aquaculture products originating in Peru(42), as amended by Commission Decision 95/311/EC(43).

18.  Commission Decision 95/190/EC laying down special conditions governing imports of fishery and aquaculture products originating in the Philippines(44).

19.  Commission Decision 95/454/EC laying down special conditions governing the import of fishery and aquaculture products originating in the Republic of Korea(45).”.

6.  In Schedule 2—

(a)for the title “The Council and Commission decisions” there shall be substituted: “The Commission Decisions”;

(b)for paragraph 5, there shall be substituted: “Commission Decision 95/149/EC fixing the total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N) limit values for certain categories of fishery products and specifying the analysis methods to be used(46).”.

Regulation 6

SCHEDULE 4Revocations

(1)
(2)
(3)

Regulations revoked
References
Extent of revocation

The Imported Food (Bivalve Molluscs and Marine Gastropods from Japan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992.
S.R. 1992 No. 333

The whole Regulations

The Imported Food and Feedingstuffs (Safeguards against Cholera) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992
S.R. 1992 No. 434

The whole Regulations

The Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995
S.R. 1995 No. 113

Regulations 7 and 9 and Schedule 4

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations.)
These Regulations make miscellaneous amendments to the Food Safety (Fishery Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993, the Food Safety (Fishery Products on Fishing Vessels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993, the Food Safety (Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 and the Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995. The majority of the amendments implement Commission Decisions concerning the import conditions for fishery products and live bivalve molluscs and other shellfish from specified countries outside the European Economic Area. It is an offence to import a product unless the requirements of those Decisions are complied with.
Regulation 2 and Schedule 1 amend section C of Part II of Schedule 1 to the Food Safety (Fishery Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993 (chemical checks) to add Commission Decision 95/149/EC relating to the limits of total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N) in certain categories of fishery products and specifying the analysis methods to be used. It also makes provision in relation to the limits of histamine in certain fish species.
Regulation 3 amends the definition of “fishery products” in the Food Safety (Fishery Products on Fishing Vessels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993.
Regulation 4 and Schedule 2 amend the Food Safety (Live Bivalve Molluscs and Other Shellfish) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 to update the list of Commission Decisions which impose conditions on the import of live bivalve molluscs and other shellfish from outside the European Economic Area.
Regulation 5 and Schedule 3 amend the Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995. The substantive amendments clarify which are the relevant provisions of Council Decision 93/383/EEC, substitute Commission Decision 95/328/EC for Commission Decision 93/185/EEC with reference to the specimen health certificate on which health certificates must be modelled where no approved import conditions for fishery products have been agreed, and update the list of Commission Decisions which impose conditions on the import of fishery products from outside the European Economic Area.
Regulation 6 and Schedule 4 revoke the Imported Food and Feedingstuffs (Safeguards against Cholera) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992 together with a provision from the Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Import Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995. Those Regulations implemented Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3185/91 (O.J. No. L303, 1.11.91, p. 1) and related Commission Decisions prohibiting the import of food and feedingstuffs from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Those Commission Decisions have been superseded and Council Regulation 3185/91 lapsed through effluxion of time. They also revoke the Imported Food (Bivalve Molluscs and Marine Gastropods from Japan) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992 prohibiting the import of bivalve molluscs and marine gastropods from Japan and an amendment to those Regulations in the Food Safety (Fishery Products) (Imported Conditions and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995.


(1)
S.I. 1991/762 (N.I. 7); See Article 2(2) for the definitions of “the Department concerned” and “regulations”

(2)
S.I. 1972/1811

(3)
1972 c. 68

(4)
1954 c. 33 (N.I.)

(5)
S.R. 1993 No. 51; the relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 1995 No. 113

(6)
S.R. 1993 No. 53, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations

(7)
S.R. 1995 No. 112

(8)
S.R. 1995 No. 113

(9)
O.J. No. L97, 29.4.95, p. 84

(10)
O.J. No. L305, 30.11.94, p. 36

(11)
O.J. No. L9, 12.1.96, p. 6

(12)
O.J. No. L312, 6.12.94, p. 35

(13)
O.J. No. L167, 18.7.95, p. 26

(14)
O.J. No. L116, 23.5.95, p. 47

(15)
O.J. No. L264, 7.11.95, p. 35

(16)
O.J. No. L166, 8.7.93, p. 31

(17)
O.J. No. L191, 12.8.95, p. 32

(18)
O.J. No. L268, 19.10.94, p. 22

(19)
O.J. No. L298, 19.11.94, p. 49

(20)
O.J. No. L108,. 13.5.95, p. 74

(21)
O.J. No. L9, 12.1.96, p. 6

(22)
O.J. No. L184, 3.8.95, p. 49

(23)
O.J. No. L100, 3.5.95, p. 22

(24)
O.J. No. L267, 18.10.94, p. 15

(25)
O.J. No. L378, 31.12.94, p. 64

(26)
O.J. No. L203, 29.8.95, p. 13

(27)
O.J. No. L352, 31.12.94, p. 21

(28)
O.J. No. L117, 24.5.95, p. 30

(29)
O.J. No. L192, 15.8.95, p. 42

(30)
O.J. No. L44, 28.2.95, p. 67

(31)
O.J. No. L285, 4.11.94, p. 28

(32)
O.J. No. L117, 24.5.95, p. 35

(33)
O.J. No. L285, 4.11.94, p. 33

(34)
O.J. No. L117, 24.5.95, p. 40

(35)
O.J. No. L186, 5.8.95, p. 70

(36)
O.J. No. L305, 30.11.94, p. 31

(37)
O.J. No. L312, 6.12.94, p. 40

(38)
O.J. No. L42, 24.2.95, p. 32

(39)
O.J. No. L184, 3.8.95, p. 48

(40)
O.J. No. L70, 30.5.95, p. 27

(41)
O.J. No. L156, 7.7.95, p. 82

(42)
O.J. No. L116, 23.5.95, p. 41

(43)
O.J. No. L186, 5.8.95, p. 78

(44)
O.J. No. L123, 3.6.95, p. 20

(45)
O.J. No. L264, 7.11.95, p. 37

(46)
O.J. No. L97, 29.4.95, p. 84
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