1 Title, application and commencement

These Regulations may be cited as the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2007, apply in relation to England only and come into force on 31st December 2007.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see above.

2 Interpretation

2Interpretation

In these Regulations—

“accounting period” means a period of less than a year determined by the Agency;

“the Agency” means the Food Standards Agency;

“agreed slaughterhouse staff costs” means, in respect of any slaughterhouse at which poultry or lagomorphs are slaughtered—

(a)    the proportion (expressed as a sum of money) of the salaries (including overtime payments and employers' pension and National Insurance contributions) paid to the staff at that slaughterhouse in respect of an accounting period that the Agency and the operator of the slaughterhouse may agree as being attributable to any such staff assisting with official controls by carrying out certain tasks there during that period under Article 5.6 of Regulation 854/2004; plus

(b)    25% of that sum;

“cutting plant” means an establishment which is used for boning and/or cutting up fresh meat for placing on the market and which—

(a)    is approved or conditionally approved under Article 31.2 of Regulation 882/2004; or

(b)    (although lacking the approval or conditional approval that it requires under Article 4.3 of Regulation 853/2004) was, on 31st December 2005, operating as licensed cutting premises under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 or the Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995;

“cutting up” has the meaning that it bears in Regulation 853/2004 and “cut up” shall be construed accordingly;

“Directive 2004/41”, “Regulation 178/2002”, “Regulation 852/2004”, “Regulation 853/2004”, “Regulation 854/2004”, “Regulation 882/2004”, “Regulation 1688/2005”, “Regulation 2073/2005”, “Regulation 2074/2005”, “Regulation 2075/2005” and “Regulation 2076/2005” have the meanings respectively given to them in Schedule 1;

“domestic ungulates” has the meaning given to it in point 1.2 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“employers' National Insurance contributions” means those social security contributions for which employers are liable under Part I of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

“establishment” has the meaning given to it in Article 2.1(c) of Regulation 852/2004;

“farmed game” has the meaning given to it in point 1.6 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“food business operator” has the meaning given to it in Article 3.3 of Regulation 178/2002;

“fresh meat” has the meaning given to it in point 1.10 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“game” has the meaning that it bears in Regulation 853/2004;

“game-handling establishment” means any establishment in which game and game meat obtained after hunting are prepared for placing on the market and which—

(a)    is approved or conditionally approved under Article 31.2 of Regulation 882/2004; or

(b)    (although lacking the approval or conditional approval that it requires under Article 4.3 of Regulation 853/2004) was, on 31st December 2005, operating as a licensed wild game processing facility under the Wild Game (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995;

“game meat” has the meaning that it bears in Regulation 853/2004;

“lagomorphs” has the meaning given to it in point 1.4 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“meat” has the meaning given to it in point 1.1 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“official controls” means the controls performed by the Agency under Regulation 854/2004—

(a)    at slaughterhouses, game-handling establishments and cutting plants, for the verification of compliance with the provisions of Regulation 853/2004 in so far as they apply in relation to meat of domestic ungulates, meat from poultry and lagomorphs, meat of farmed game or as the case may be meat of wild game; and

(b)    at slaughterhouses, for the verification of compliance with the provisions of the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 insofar as they apply in relation to animals slaughtered for human consumption there;

“official controls charge” means the charge calculated in accordance with Schedule 2 and notified in accordance with regulation 3(1), (2) or (3);

“operator” means a food business operator who is carrying on the business of a slaughterhouse, game–handling establishment or cutting plant or his duly authorised representative;

“placing on the market” has the meaning given to it in Article 3.8 of Regulation 178/2002;

“poultry” has the meaning given to it in point 1.3 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004;

“premises” means any slaughterhouse, game–handling establishment or cutting plant;

“slaughterhouse” means an establishment used for slaughtering and dressing animals, the meat of which is intended for human consumption and which—

(a)    is approved or conditionally approved under Article 31.2 of Regulation 882/2004; or

(b)     (although lacking the approval or conditional approval that it requires under Article 4.3 of Regulation 853/2004) was, on 31st December 2005, operating as a licensed slaughterhouse under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 or the Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995;

“verification” means checking, by examination and provision of objective evidence; and

“wild game” has the meaning given to it in point 1.5 of Annex I to Regulation 853/2004.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

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3 Charges

3Charges

(1)    The Agency shall, subject to the following provisions of this regulation, notify the operator of each slaughterhouse, game–handling establishment and cutting plant in which official controls have been exercised in any accounting period of an official controls charge in respect of those official controls as soon as practicable after the end of that period.

(2)    Where the Agency cannot comply with paragraph (1) because it has insufficient information available to it to enable it to calculate the official controls charge for any accounting period in respect of any such premises as are specified in that paragraph, it shall notify the operator of those premises of an interim charge, being such amount as the Agency estimates (having regard to the information it has) the official controls charge to be.

(3)    Where the Agency has notified an operator of an interim charge in accordance with paragraph (2), and sufficient information becomes available to the Agency to calculate the official controls charge, it shall calculate that charge and—

(a)    where it exceeds the interim charge, notify the operator of the final charge, being the amount by which the official controls charge exceeds the interim charge; or

(b)    subject to paragraph (6), where it is less than the interim charge, credit to the operator the amount by which the interim charge exceeds the official controls charge.

(4)    Any charge notified to an operator under paragraph (1), (2) or (3) shall be payable by him to the Agency on demand.

(5)    Where any agreed slaughterhouse staff costs have been used to calculate a charge falling to be notified under paragraph (1), (2) or (3), those costs shall be set off against the amount of that charge in calculating the actual charge notified thereunder, provided that no refund shall be made to the relevant operator.

(6)    Where under paragraph (3)(b) a sum is to be credited to an operator, the Agency may if it so determines pay such sum to the operator concerned instead of crediting it to him.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

4 Withdrawal of official controls

4Withdrawal of official controls

Where the Agency has had judgment entered against an operator of any premises for any sum which is payable to it under regulation 3(4) and the operator fails within a reasonable time thereafter to satisfy the judgment, the Agency may (regardless of any other legal remedy open to it) refuse to exercise any further official controls at those premises until the judgment has been satisfied.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

5 Information

5Information

(1)    Any person shall, on demand being made by the Agency, supply—

(a)    such information as the Agency may reasonably require for the purpose of calculating the official controls charge or notifying an operator of it; and

(b)    such evidence as the Agency may reasonably require to enable it to verify information supplied under sub–paragraph (a).

(2)    Any person who—

(a)    without reasonable excuse, fails to comply within a reasonable time with a demand made under paragraph (1); or

(b)    in purported compliance with paragraph (1), knowingly or recklessly supplies information or evidence that is false or misleading in a material particular,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

6 Revocation

6Revocation

The Meat (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2007 are revoked.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health

Dawn Primarolo

Minister of State,

Department of Health

28th November 2007

SCHEDULE 1 Definitions of Community Legislation

SCHEDULE 1Definitions of Community Legislation Regulation 2

“Directive 2004/41” means Directive 2004/41/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council repealing certain Directives concerning food hygiene and health conditions for the production and placing on the market of certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption and amending Council Directives 89/662/EEC and 92/118/EEC and Council Decision 95/408/EC;

“Regulation 178/2002” means Regulation (EC) No178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety;

“Regulation 852/2004” means Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs as read with Regulation 2073/2005;

“Regulation 853/2004” means Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin as read with Directive 2004/41, Regulation 1688/2005, Regulation 2074/2005 and Regulation 2076/2005;

“Regulation 854/2004” means Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption as read with Directive 2004/41, Regulation 2074/2005, Regulation 2075/2005 and Regulation 2076/2005;

“Regulation 882/2004” means Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules as read with Regulation 2074/2005 and Regulation 2076/2005;

“Regulation 1688/2005” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005 implementing Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards special guarantees concerning salmonella for consignments to Finland and Sweden of certain meat and eggs;

“Regulation 2073/2005” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs;

“Regulation 2074/2005” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 laying down implementing measures for certain products under Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and for the organisation of official controls under Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, derogating from Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Regulations (EC) No 853/2004 and (EC) No 854/2004;

“Regulation 2075/2005” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 2075/2005 laying down specific rules on official controls for Trichinella in meat; and

“Regulation 2076/2005” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 2076/2005 laying down transitional arrangements for the implementation of Regulations (EC) No 853/2004, (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Regulations (EC) No 853/2004 and (EC) No 854/2004.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

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SCHEDULE 2 Calculation of the Official Controls Charge

SCHEDULE 2Calculation of the Official Controls Charge Regulation 2

The official controls charge

1

Subject to paragraph 2, the official controls charge payable by the operator of any premises for any accounting period shall be the lower of—

(a)    the sum of—

(i)    the standard charge incurred in relation to those premises for that period, and

(ii)    any additional charge incurred in relation to those premises for that period by virtue of paragraph 6; and

(b)    the time costs generated by those premises for that period.

2

(1)    This paragraph applies where the official controls charge calculated under paragraph 1 for any accounting period (amount A), when added to the official controls charge payable in respect of all earlier accounting periods falling within the same financial period (amount B), produces a total (amount C) which is greater than the amount of the official controls charge which would be payable under paragraph 1 if those accounting periods were one accounting period (amount D).

(2)    Where this paragraph applies, the official controls charge payable by an operator for an accounting period shall be the amount by which amount D exceeds amount B.

(3)    In this paragraph “financial period” means—

(a)    the period commencing on 26th March 2007 and ending on 30th March 2008; and

(b)    thereafter, the period commencing on the Monday immediately following the last Sunday in March in any year and ending on the last Sunday in March in the following year.

The standard charge

3

The standard charge for any accounting period payable by the operator of a slaughterhouse shall be calculated by multiplying the rate specified in the following Table applicable to a given type of animal by the number of animals of that type slaughtered and/or dressed there in the period.

4

The standard charge for any accounting period payable by the operator of a game-handling establishment in respect of wild game dressed there during that period shall be calculated by multiplying the rate specified in the following Table applicable to a given type of animal that is categorised as wild game by the number of animals of that type dressed there in the period.

Type of animalRate per type of animal in Pounds Sterling
Bovine animals
—aged less than 8 months at slaughter1.7670
—aged 8 months or more at slaughter3.3788
Solipeds and equidae3.1099
Pigs
—carcase weight less than 25 kg0.3534
—carcase weight equal to or greater than 25 kg0.9189
Sheep and goats
—carcase weight less than 12 kg0.1237
—carcase weight between 12 and 18 kg inclusive0.2474
—carcase weight greater than 18 kg0.3534
Poultry
—all broilers; all cast hens; other poultry weighing less than 2 kg0.0071
—poultry (not being broilers or cast hens) weighing at least 2 kg (except those which are adult and weigh at least 5 kg)0.0142
—poultry (not being broilers or cast hens) being adult and weighing at least 5 kg0.0282
Duck and geese
—weighing less than 2 kg0.0071
—weighing at least 2 kg (except those which are adult and weigh at least 5 kg)0.0142
—adult and weighing at least 5 kg0.0282
Turkeys
—any weight (except those which are adult and weigh at least 5 kg)0.0169
—adult and weighing at least 5 kg0.0282
Farmed rabbits
—weighing less than 2 kg0.0071
—weighing at least 2 kg (except those which are adult and weigh at least 5 kg)0.0142
—adult and weighing at least 5 kg0.0282
Small game birds
—weighing less than 2 kg0.0071
—weighing at least 2 kg (except those which are adult and weigh at least 5 kg)0.0142
—adult and weighing at least 5 kg0.0282
Small ground game
—weighing less than 2 kg0.0071
—weighing at least 2 kg (except those which are adult and weigh at least 5 kg)0.0142
—adult and weighing at least 5 kg0.0282
Ratites0.9189
Land mammals
—boars1.0136
—ruminants of carcase weight no more than 18 kg0.3379
—ruminants of carcase weight greater than 18 kg0.3534

5

The standard charge for any accounting period payable by the operator of a cutting plant or of a game-handling establishment in respect of meat brought into the plant or establishment during that period for the purposes of being cut up or boned there shall be calculated by multiplying by £2.1204 the number of tonnes of such meat.

6

(1)    Where in respect of an accounting period the Agency incurs increased costs because of inefficiency in the operation of premises, it may, in accordance with this paragraph, add an additional charge to the standard charge incurred in relation to the premises for that period.

(2)    The additional charge shall be a sum equal to the time costs generated by the inefficiency for the accounting period concerned.

(3)    The Agency may not make an additional charge in accordance with this paragraph unless it has notified the operator of its intention to do so.

(4)    The notification referred to in sub-paragraph (3) shall be given as soon as is practicable after the Agency has concluded that it wishes to make an additional charge in accordance with this paragraph.

(5)    For the purposes of this paragraph “inefficiency” means inefficiency on the part of the operator and shall include in particular—

(a)    delay in the start of slaughtering attributable to the operator;

(b)    mechanical breakdown caused by lack of maintenance;

(c)    enforcement action taken by the Agency or an official;

(d)    under-employment of inspectors caused by the operator's failure to adhere to the working hours or working practices agreed for the purposes of this paragraph pursuant to sub-paragraph (6);

(e)    insufficient provision of slaughter staff caused by the operator's failure to adhere to the working hours or working practices agreed for the purposes of this paragraph pursuant to sub-paragraph (6);

(f)    delays caused by risks to the health or safety of inspectors attributable to the operator; and

(g)    any change to the working hours or working practices agreed for the purposes of this paragraph pursuant to sub-paragraph (6) which is attributable to the operator.

(6)    For the purposes of sub-paragraph (5)(d), (e) and (g), the Agency and the operator shall agree working hours and working practices and shall keep the working hours and working practices so agreed under review.

(7)    Where, following any such review, it appears to the Agency and the operator that it is appropriate to do so, they may by further agreement vary any working hours or working practices agreed pursuant to sub-paragraph (6).

(8)    Where any working hours or working practices have been varied pursuant to sub-paragraph (7) they shall be treated as having been agreed pursuant to sub-paragraph (6).

(9)    No additional charge may be made in accordance with this paragraph in respect of any increased costs incurred because of any variation in working hours or working practices which does not alter the working hours or working practices which have been agreed in accordance with sub-paragraph (6).

7

(1)    An operator who does not agree that an additional charge is justified under paragraph 6 may request that the question be determined by a person nominated for the purpose pursuant to sub-paragraph (3)(a).

(2)    A request under sub-paragraph (1) shall be made within 1 week of the Agency giving the operator notice under paragraph 6(3).

(3)    Where an operator makes a request under sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)    the Agency shall nominate a person to determine the question from the list established under sub–paragraph (4);

(b)    the person so nominated shall give the operator and the Agency an opportunity to make representations on the question to be determined; and

(c)    the person so nominated shall, within 1 month of being nominated, decide whether an additional charge is payable and shall notify the operator and the Agency of his decision.

(4)    The Agency shall establish and maintain a list of people who may be nominated for the purposes of this paragraph and shall consult those organisations appearing to represent operators before including any person on the list.

Time costs

8

The time costs generated by any premises in any accounting period shall (subject to paragraphs 9 and 10) be calculated by—

(a)    multiplying the time (expressed in hours and fractions of an hour) spent by each inspector exercising official controls at those premises in the period by the hourly rate applicable to that inspector determined or varied in accordance with paragraphs 11 to 13;

(b)    adding the results together; and

(c)    adding any agreed slaughterhouse staff costs for the period.

9

The time costs in respect of any official controls shall include any overtime payments or other similar allowances made to the inspector concerned under his contract of employment or contract for services for exercising those official controls.

10

In determining the total time spent in exercising official controls, any time spent by an inspector—

(a)    in travelling to or from premises at which he exercises official controls and for which he is paid under a contract of employment or contract for services;

(b)    at any premises to which he has gone for the purpose of exercising official controls and for which he is paid under a contract of employment or contract for services (regardless of whether or not he is able to exercise official controls there); and

(c)    at any other place—

(i)    when he is available for exercising official controls but is not in fact exercising any such controls, and

(ii)    for which he is paid under his contract of employment or contract for services,

shall be counted as if it were time when the inspector was exercising official controls.

11

The Agency shall determine the hourly rate applicable to inspectors, and may determine different rates for different inspectors or different classes of inspector, having regard to the level of qualifications and experience of different inspectors or classes of inspector and to the cost of exercising official controls by different inspectors or classes of inspector.

12

The hourly rate for any inspector or class of inspector shall be calculated so as to reflect such proportion of the costs of the items listed in Annex VI to Regulation 882/2004 incurred by that inspector or class of inspector in exercising official controls (excluding any additional costs taken into account pursuant to paragraph 9) as the Agency considers it proper to apportion to that hourly rate.

13

The Agency may vary any rate determined pursuant to paragraph 11 where, having regard to variations in the costs referred to in paragraph 12, it appears to it to be necessary to do so.

14

Prior to determining or varying hourly rates in accordance with paragraphs 11 to 13, the Agency shall consult such operators as are likely to be affected by those rates.

Definitions

15

In this Schedule—

(a)    “official auxiliary” and “official veterinarian” have the meanings respectively given to them in Article 2.1(h) and (f) of Regulation 854/2004;

(b)    “inspector” means an official veterinarian or an official auxiliary;

(c)    “the standard charge” means the charge for any accounting period that is incurred in relation to a slaughterhouse, game–handling establishment or cutting plant and calculated in accordance with paragraph 3, 4 or 5, as the case may be;

(d)    “time costs” means, in relation to any establishment for any accounting period, the costs calculated in accordance with paragraphs 8 to 10; and

(e)    any other expression used both in this Schedule and in Regulation 882/2004 has the meaning that it bears in Regulation 882/2004.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 December 2007: see reg 1.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

1    These Regulations apply in relation to England only. They revoke and replace the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/492).

2    These Regulations provide for the execution and enforcement in relation to England of Articles 26 and 27 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules (OJ No L165, 30.4.2004, p 1; the revised text of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 is now set out in a Corrigendum, OJ No L191, 28.5.2004, p 1, which should be read with a further Corrigendum, OJ No L204, 4.8.2007, p 29), in so far as those provisions—

(a)    require or, in the case of certain types of poultry (e.g. quail) permit, fees to be collected to cover the costs occasioned by official controls performed on meat of domestic ungulates, meat from poultry and lagomorphs, meat of farmed game and meat of wild game under Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption (OJ No L139, 30.4.2004, p.206; the revised text of Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 is now set out in a Corrigendum, OJ No L226, 25.6.2004, p 83, which should be read with a further Corrigendum, OJ No L204, 4.8.2007, p 26) and;

(b)    require fees to be collected to cover the costs occasioned by official controls performed to verify compliance with the animal welfare rules set out in Council Directive 93/119/EC (OJ No L340, 31.12.93, p 21) in so far as they apply in relation to animals slaughtered for human consumption at slaughterhouses.

3    These Regulations—

(a)    require the Agency to notify the operator of each slaughterhouse, game-handling establishment and cutting plant in which official controls have been exercised of the official controls charge that has arisen in relation to those officials controls (the terms “slaughterhouse”, “game-handling establishment”, “cutting plant”, “official controls” and “official controls charge” are all defined in regulation 2) (regulation 3);

(b)    provide that any official controls charge so notified is payable by the operator to the Agency on demand (regulation 3);

(c)    allow the Agency to refuse to exercise any further official controls at given premises where, despite a Court order requiring the operator of the premises to pay the official controls charge for which he is liable, he fails to comply with the order (regulation 4);

(d)    require persons to supply the Agency on demand—

(i)    with such information as it may reasonably require for the purpose of calculating the official controls charge or notifying the operator of it, and

(ii)    with such evidence as it may reasonably require to verify that information (regulation 5); and

(e)    provide that persons to whom such a demand has been made commit an offence if—

(i)    without reasonable excuse, they fail to comply within a reasonable time with the demand, or

(ii)    in purported compliance with the demand, they knowingly or recklessly furnish information or evidence that is false or misleading in a material particular (regulation 5).

4    Schedule 2 to these Regulations sets out how the official controls charge is to be calculated.

5    An impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business and the voluntary sector is available from the Meat Hygiene and Veterinary Division of the Food Standards Agency at Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH and is annexed to the Explanatory Memorandum which is available alongside the instrument on the OPSI website.