MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS AND MEAT BY-PRODUCTS (INSPECTION AND EXPORT) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Preliminary

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Application of Act

 

Inspectors

   4   Designation of Inspectors

   5   Powers, duties and functions of Inspectors

   6   Inspectors to have identification

 

Licence to Export

   7   Constitution of Licensing Board

   8   Application for export licence

   9   Inspection of processing plant

   10   Applicant may make application after licence refused

   11   Licence may be suspended or revoked

 

Registration of Brokers

   12   Every broker to be registered

   13   Certificate of registration may be suspended or cancelled

 

Appeals

   14   Appeals

 

General

   15   Processing plant to be assigned number

   16   Records and returns

   17   Offences

   18   Regulations

      SCHEDULE

 

THE MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS AND MEAT BY-PRODUCTS (INSPECTION AND EXPORT) ACT

[Date of Commencement: 12th March, 1999]

Act 5 of 1999.

Preliminary

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Meat and Meat Products and Meat By-products (Inspection and Export) Act.

2    Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "Board" means the Licensing Board established under section 7;

   "broker" means-

   (a)    any person who engages in the business of-

         (i)    buying, selling, storing or transporting for export; or

         (ii)    exporting or importing for re-export,

      any livestock, offal, meat, meat products or meat by-products; and

   (b)    any operator who carries out, at premises other than a processing plant, any of the activities specified in paragraph (a);

   "broker house" means the place where a broker carries on the business of buying, selling or storing for export or exporting livestock, carcass, offal, meat, meat product or meat by-product;

   "carcass" means the body of any slaughtered livestock which has been bled and dressed;

   "certificate of registration" means a certificate issued under section 12(3);

   "Director" means the person who, being a Veterinary Surgeon registered under the Veterinary Act, is for the time being the Director Veterinary Services;

   "Inspector" means an Inspector designated as such under section 4;

   "livestock" includse cattle, sheep, swine, goat, horse, other than horse used in any sporting activity, other equine and poultry;

   "meat" means that part of the muscle of livestock which is skeletal or which is found in the tongue, diaphragm, heart, gizzard or oesophagus and overlying fat and the portions of bone, skin, sinew, nerve and blood vessels which normally accompany the muscle tissue and which are not separated from the muscle tissue in the process of dressing; but does not mean muscle which is found in lips, snout or ears;

   "meat by-product" means any part of the body, other than meat, of any slaughtered livestock which is capable of being used for human consumption;

   "meat product" means any product for human consumption which is prepared in whole or in part from meat.

   "offal" means those parts of the body of any slaughtered livestock which are removed for the purpose of dressing the carcass;

   "operator" means a person who engages in the business of operating a processing plant;

   "poultry" means chicken, turkey, duck, guinea-fowl, goose or any other domesticated bird;

   "processing plant" means a place where-

   (a)    livestock is slaughtered;

   (b)    carcass, offal or meat is dressed, cut, deboned, canned, cured, packed, salted, smoked, ground, emulsified, rendered or otherwise treated;

   (c)    any meat product is prepared, processed, canned or packed;

   (d)    any meat by-product is prepared for human consumption.

3    Application of Act

   This Act shall apply to the inspection and certification of any carcass, offal, meat, meat product or meat by-product for export.

Inspectors

4    Designation of Inspectors

   The Minister may from time to time designate as Inspectors for the purposes of this Act, public officers, or other persons, who by training and experience are, in his opinion, qualified to be so designated.

5    Powers, duties and functions of Inspectors

   (1) An Inspector shall have the power-

   (a)    to enter a processing plant or broker house, at any time for the purpose of-

         (i)    inspecting that processing plant or broker house;

         (ii)    examining any livestock, carcass, offal, meat, meat product or meat by-product;

         (iii)    certifying for export any carcass, offal, meat, meat product or meat by-product;

         (iv)    taking samples from any livestock, carcass, offal, meat, meat product or meat by-product;

         (v)    taking samples from any article or place within the processing plant or broker house in order to determine whether proper sanitary conditions are being maintained in the processing plant or broker house;

   (b)    to inspect any enclosure, container, vehicle, aircraft or vessel which is used or intended to be used for the storage or transportation of livestock, carcass, offal, meat, meat product or meat by-product;

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