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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NC30

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Prohibition on the sale of certain animals and animal products: substances

 

(1)    

Subject to subsections (3) and (4), no person shall sell or supply for human

 

consumption any animal—

 

(a)    

which contains or to which there has been administered—

 

(i)    

a Class I prohibited substance listed in paragraph 1 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances],

 

(ii)    

a Class II prohibited substance listed in paragraph 2 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances],

 

(iii)    

a Class III prohibited substance listed in paragraph 3 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances], or

 

(iv)    

a Class IV prohibited substance listed in paragraph 4 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances],

 

    

unless that substance was administered in accordance with subsection

 

(4);

 

(b)    

that is an aquaculture animal to which—

 

(i)    

a Class II prohibited substance listed in paragraph 2 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances],

 

(ii)    

a Class III prohibited substance listed in paragraph 3 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances], or

 

(iii)    

a Class IV prohibited substance listed in paragraph 4 of Schedule

 

[Prohibited substances],

 

    

has been administered;

 

(c)    

which contains a substance specified by the Secretary of State in

 

regulations under subsection (5)(a) at a concentration exceeding the

 

maximum residue limit; or

 

(d)    

to which a medicinal product has been administered if the withdrawal

 

period for that product has not expired.

 

(2)    

No person may sell or supply for human consumption any animal product which

 

is derived wholly or partly from an animal the sale or supply of which is

 

prohibited under subsection (1).

 

(3)    

Nothing in paragraph (1)(d) shall prohibit the sale before the end of the

 

withdrawal period of any high-value horse to which has been administered allyl

 

trenbolone or a beta-agonist in accordance with regulation 5 of the Animals and

 

Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue

 

Limits)(England and Scotland) Regulations 2015, provided that the type and date

 

of treatment was entered on the horse’s passport by the veterinary surgeon

 

directly responsible for the treatment.

 

(4)    

The prohibitions in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to the sale of an animal,

 

or of an animal product derived wholly or partly from an animal to which has

 

been administered a compliant veterinary medicinal product—

 

(a)    

containing testosterone, progesterone or a derivative of these substances

 

which readily yields the parent compound on hydrolysis after absorption

 

at the site of application, if the administration is in accordance with

 

regulation 26 of the Animals and Animal Products (Examination for


 
 

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Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (England and Scotland)

 

Regulations 2015;

 

(b)    

containing allyl trenbolone or a beta-agonist, if the administration is in

 

accordance with regulation 27 of the Animals and Animal Products

 

(Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (England and

 

Scotland) Regulations 2015;

 

(c)    

having oestrogenic action (but not containing oestradiol 17β or its ester-

 

like derivatives), androgenic action or gestagenic action, if the

 

administration is in accordance with regulation 28 of the Animals and

 

Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue

 

Limits) (England and Scotland) Regulations 2015.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State may make regulations—

 

(a)    

specifying for the purposes of subsection (1)(c) maximum residue limits

 

for pharmacologically active substances, and

 

(b)    

adding one or more substances to any of the classes of prohibited

 

substances in Schedule [Prohibited substances].

 

(6)    

Regulations under subsection (5) shall be made by statutory instrument, and any

 

such statutory instrument may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has

 

been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

 

(7)    

For the purposes of this section—

 

a veterinary medicinal product is a compliant veterinary medicinal product

 

if it complies with the requirements of Regulation 25 of the Animals and

 

Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue

 

Limits) (England and Scotland) Regulations 2015), and

 

“withdrawal period” shall have the meaning given in Regulation 2 of the

 

Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum

 

Residue Limits) (England and Scotland) Regulations 2015).

 

(8)    

Regulations 9 and 10 of the Animals and Animal Products (Examination for

 

Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (England and Scotland) Regulations

 

2015 are revoked.”

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NC31

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Prohibition on sale: hygiene

 

(1)    

No person shall sell or supply any animal which has been treated for the purposes

 

of removal of surface contamination with a substance other than potable water.

 

(2)    

No person shall sell or supply any animal product which is derived wholly or

 

partly from an animal which has been treated for the purposes of removal of

 

surface contamination with a substance other than potable water.”

 



 
 

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Agriculture Bill, continued

 
 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NC32

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Prohibition on sale: stocking densities

 

(1)    

No person shall sell or supply any chicken, any part of a chicken or any product

 

which is partly or wholly derived from a chicken unless the condition in

 

subsection (2) is met.

 

(2)    

The condition is that the stocking density in any house in which the chicken was

 

reared—

 

(a)    

did not exceed 33 kilograms per m2 of usable area, or

 

(b)    

did not exceed 39 kilograms per m2 of usable area if the requirements of

 

subsection (3) were met.

 

(3)    

The requirements of this subsection are that the keeper must—

 

(a)    

maintain and, on request, make available to the Secretary of State,

 

documentation in the house giving a detailed description of the

 

production systems, in particular information on technical details of the

 

house and its equipment, including—

 

(i)    

a plan of the house including the dimensions of the surfaces

 

occupied by the chickens;

 

(ii)    

ventilation and any relevant cooling and heating system

 

(including their location), and a ventilation plan, detailing target

 

air quality parameters (such as airflow, air speed and

 

temperature);

 

(iii)    

feeding and watering systems (and their location);

 

(iv)    

alarm and backup systems in the event of a failure of any

 

equipment essential for the health and well-being of the

 

chickens;

 

(v)    

floor type and litter normally used; and

 

(vi)    

records of technical inspections of the ventilation and alarm

 

systems;

 

(b)    

keep up to date the documentation referred to in subparagraph (a);

 

(c)    

ensure that each house is equipped with ventilation and, if necessary,

 

heating and cooling systems designed, constructed and operated in such

 

a way that—

 

(i)    

the concentration of ammonia does not exceed 20 parts per

 

million and the concentration of carbon dioxide does not exceed

 

3,000 parts per million, when measured at the level of the

 

chickens’ heads;

 

(ii)    

when the outside temperature measured in the shade exceeds

 

30°C, the inside temperature does not exceed the outside

 

temperature by more than 3°C; and

 

(iii)    

when the outside temperature is below 10°C, the average relative

 

humidity measured inside the house during a continuous period

 

of 48 hours does not exceed 70%.

 

(4)    

In the case of a chicken reared in a house which is not in the United Kingdom, it

 

shall be a requirement upon the importer to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the

 

Secretary of State that—


 
 

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(a)    

documentation equivalent to that specified in subsection (3) was

 

maintained by the keeper and was available for supply to the appropriate

 

regulatory authority, and

 

(b)    

the conditions under which the chicken was reared were equivalent to, or

 

better than, those set out in subsections (2) and (3).

 

(5)    

For the purposes of this section, “chicken” shall mean a conventionally reared

 

meat chicken.”

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not selected  NC33

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Public procurement

 

When procuring and providing food, the Government, its agencies and other

 

public bodies must seek to promote—

 

(a)    

the highest standards of animal welfare and

 

(b)    

the highest environmental standards.”

 

 


 

Daniel Zeichner

 

Luke Pollard

 

Ruth Jones

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonaire

 

Not called  NS1

 

To move the following Schedule—

 

“Prohibited substances

 

1          

Class I prohibited substances

 

Aristolochia spp. and preparations thereof

 

Chloramphenicol

 

Chloroform

 

Chlorpromazine

 

Colchicine

 

Dapsone

 

Dimetridazole

 

Metronizadole

 

Nitrofurans (including furazolidone)

 

Ronizadole

 

2          

Class II prohibited substances

 

Thyrostatic substances


 
 

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Stilbenes, stilbene derivatives, their salts and esters

 

Oestradiol 17β and its ester-like derivatives

 

3          

Class III prohibited substances

 

Beta-agonists

 

4          

Class IV prohibited substances

 

Substances having oestrogenic (other than oestradiol 17β or its ester-like

 

derivatives), androgenic or gestagenic action.”

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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