Movement to slaughter from gathering premises - ENGLAND
20th August 2007
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Health Act 1981
Foot-and-Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006
General licence for the movement of Cattle and Sheep from a premises licensed for the purpose of a dedicated slaughter sale or a dedicated slaughter collection to an approved slaughterhouse.
I being an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for the purposes of the Animal Health Act 1981, grant the following licence under the Order:
Licence under Schedule 7(1) of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006
This licence permits the movement of Cattle and Sheep within a Restricted Zone (other than the Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone) from a premises that is licensed to hold an animal gathering under paragraph 6 of schedule 7 of the Order to an approved slaughterhouse, subject to the conditions set out in the Schedule of Conditions attached.
An approved slaughterhouse is a slaughterhouse or other establishment:
(i) licensed under paragraph 22(2)(a) or 29(2)(a) of Schedule 5 or approved pursuant to paragraph 2 of Schedule 7 of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006; or
(ii) licensed under paragraph 22(2)(a) or 29(2)(a) of Schedule 4 or approved pursuant to paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Wales) Order 2006; or
(iii) on the list of slaughterhouses approved from time to time by Scottish Ministers for the purpose of the general licence under Article 5(2), 38(1) and paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Scotland) Order 2006 for the movement of foot-and-mouth disease susceptible animals for slaughter in an approved slaughterhouse.
The Order means the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006
Date: XX August 2007
Schedule - General Licence Conditions
These conditions apply to all people involved in the movement of such animals.
i) Before the animals are loaded on to the vehicle, the person despatching the animals must be satisfied that the vehicle is clean, with no visible sign of contamination with mud, slurry, used litter or faecal matter.
ii) After unloading at the slaughterhouse the vehicle must be cleansed and disinfected before leaving the premises.
iii) All persons to whom this licence applies shall:
a) wear robust protective clothing and footwear that can be cleansed and disinfected or disposable clothing. The protective clothing must be cleansed and disinfected before leaving any premises from which an animal has been collected and stored outside the driver’s cab. The disposable clothing must not be worn for more than one collection and must be disposed of in a way that no susceptible animal can have access to it;
b) cleanse and disinfect their footwear on entering and leaving premises; and
c) take all other reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises.
iv) A person moving anything under authority of a general licence granted under the Order must carry with him at all times during the licensed movement, a consignment note which contains details of what is moved, including its quantity; the date of the movement; the name of the consignor; the address of the premises from which the movement started; the name of the consignee; and the address of the premises of destination. On demand made by an inspector, or other officer of the Secretary of State, the person moving anything under authority of a general licence must produce the consignment note and allow a copy or extract to be taken; and on such demand provide his name and address.
• Cleansing and disinfection of vehicles must be in accordance with Article 45 of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006, and Schedule 2 of the Transport of Animals (Cleansing and Disinfection) (England) (No3) Order 2003.
• All movements are subject to the animals being properly identified and accompanied by the appropriate duly completed movement documentation. In the case of cattle this will be the passport and for sheep the relevant completed AML form. The movements must also be reported within 3 days - to BCMS in the case of cattle (either by using CTS-online or by completing and posting one of the movement cards in the passport) and to the local authority for sheep (by sending a copy of the AML form to the Local Authority).
• Failure to observe the measures required in this licence is an offence under Section 73 of the Animal Health Act 1981. The penalty on conviction of an offence under this section is a maximum of six months imprisonment and/or a £5,000 fine.
• Contact your local Animal Health office or Local Authority for further advice on biosecurity measures and any other legislation that may apply.