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Movement of table eggs in Protection or Surveillance Zone: general licence

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Published: 22 Nov 2021

General licence for the movement of table eggs into, within or out of a Protection or within or out of a Surveillance Zone (EXD243) (ES).

Published:
22 Nov 2021
Movement of table eggs in Protection or Surveillance Zone: general licence

General Licence for the Movement of Table Eggs into, within or out of a Protection or Surveillance Zone in Scotland or England

1. This general licence is issued in accordance with paragraph 15 of Schedule 4 and paragraphs 12 and 16 of Schedule 5 of the Order in Scotland and with paragraph 14 of Schedule 4, and paragraphs 11 and 15 of Schedule 5 of the Order in England.

2. This licence permits, subject to the conditions set out in the Schedule of Conditions attached, the movement of table eggs into, within or out of a Protection Zone or within or out of a Surveillance Zone in Scotland or England to the following premises:

  1. to an egg packing centre designated by Scottish Ministers in Scotland or by the Secretary of State in England
  2. premises for disposal in Scotland or England.

The general licence for the movement of table eggs into, within or out of a protection zone or within or out of a surveillance zone in Scotland (EXD243(S)) dated 17 December 2021 and which came into force at 17:30 hours on 17 December 2021 is revoked with effect from 17:30 hours on 21 December 2021. The general licence for the movement of table eggs into, within or out of a protection zone or within or out of a surveillance zone in England, Scotland and Wales (EXD243(AI)(GB)) dated 19 November 2021 and which came into force at 17:30 hours on 19 November 2021 (“the November Licence”) is revoked in relation to movements in England with effect from 21 December 2021. The November Licence was revoked in relation to movements in Scotland at 17:30 hours on 17 December 2021.

 

This licence will come into effect at 17:30 hours on 21 December 2021.

Caroline Conradi
Veterinary Inspector

Date:  21 December 2021

Veterinary Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State and the Scottish Ministers

Schedule of Conditions

1. The movement of table eggs permitted by this licence shall be directly to either an egg packing centre which has an activated designation or to a disposal premises for destruction.

Conditions 2 to 5 applicable to movements of eggs from premises located in a Protection Zone or Surveillance Zone

2. Immediately prior to the movement of eggs the licensee must inspect the poultry on the premises to check that they show no clinical signs that could be associated with Avian Influenza.

3. Before entering or leaving the premises where eggs are loaded:

  • the exterior of the vehicle must be free of any visible contamination with mud, slurry, animal faeces, excretions or any other similar matter;
  • the vehicle’s wheels and wheel arches must be cleansed and disinfected after loading and before leaving the premises. The cleansing and disinfection must take place at a point beyond which no contamination with poultry feathers, faeces, litter, egg shell or any similar matter can take place; and
  • the eggs, packaging, pallets, containers and trolleys must be free of visible contamination with poultry feathers, faeces, litter, egg shell originating from other eggs or any similar matter prior to dispatch.

4. The vehicle used must be leak proof, covered and carry a spill kit in case of any spillage.

Conditions 5 to 10 apply for movements of eggs from all premises:

5. Eggs moved to premises designated as an egg packing centre or disposal premises:

  • must be packed in disposable packaging or in packing containers that have been effectively cleansed, disinfected and marked as such by the person carrying out the cleansing and disinfection
  • packaging must be on clean pallets or containers, and;
  • the area from which the eggs are loaded onto the vehicle must be free from visible contamination with mud, slurry, animal faeces, excretions or any other similar matter.

6. The licensee must ensure that any person(s) involved in this movement:  does not enter or leave any poultry or captive bird premises wearing clothing or footwear which is visibly soiled with mud, poultry or bird faeces or any similar matter; 

  • cleanses and disinfects their footwear before entering or leaving any premises or place where poultry or captive birds were present;
  • removes any disposable clothing before leaving a poultry or captive bird premises and does not reuse it at further premises;
  • ensures non disposable clothing is clean and free of all visible contamination before leaving a poultry or captive bird premises; and   
  • takes all other reasonable precautions to avoid transferring mud, slurry, animal faeces, excretions, feathers or any other similar matter between poultry and captive bird premises. 

7. After unloading at the premises of destination:

  • in the case of a premises designated as an egg packing centre, the parts of the vehicle and any other thing used to transport eggs to the egg packing centre which might be contaminated with feathers, faeces, litter, egg shell, broken egg or any similar matter must be effectively cleansed and disinfected as soon as is reasonably practicable on the premises;
  • in the case of a premises for disposal the cleansing and disinfection must take place as soon as is reasonably practicable and, in any case, before the vehicle is used again.

8. Cleansing and disinfection must be in accordance with Article 65(4) of the Order in Scotland, with Article 66(5) of the Order in England.

9. A record of the movement as required by Article 73 of the Order in Scotland and Article 74 of the Order in England, must also be made as soon as is reasonably practicable after the movement and retained for at least 6 weeks after the movement is completed.

10. When moving anything under the authority of this licence, a person must carry with him a consignment note. The consignment note must include -

(a) what is moved, including its quantity,

(b) the date of the movement,

(c) the name of the consignor,

(d) the address of the premises from which the movement started,

(e) the name of the consignee, and

(f) the address of the premises of destination.

Notes

  1. “The Order” means the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (Scotland) Order 2006 and the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (England) (No.2) Order 2006  in England
  2. A person moving anything under the authority of this licence must, if asked to do so by an inspector, or other officer of the Scottish Ministers or Secretary of State, give their name and address, produce the consignment note and allow copies or an extract to be taken.​​​​
  3. Where the use of a disinfectant is required under this licence, the disinfectant must be approved under the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) (Scotland) Order 2008 or the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) (England) Order 2007 in England. It must be used at the correct concentration and allow adequate contact time.
  4. Contact APHA (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/animal-and-plant-health-agency/about/access-and-opening) or your Local Authority for further advice on biosecurity measures and any other legislation that may apply.

A copy of this general licence can be viewed at the https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/pages/licencing-for-protection-and-surveillance-zones/ in Scotland or the https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu in England

First published: 22 Nov 2021 Last updated: 21 Dec 2021 -