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Food (Control of Irradiation) Regulations 1990 (S.I. No. 2490 of 1990).

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These Regulations revoke previous regulations which prohibited the sale of irradiated food (regulation 11), and permit the sale of specified types of irradiated food (regulation 6 as read with regulation 2, 3, 4 and Schedules 1 and 2) where the irradiation has taken place under license. Schedule 1 sets out the procedure for grant, terms, variation and suspension of licenses. Where irradiation takes place in another EC member State, food can only be imported if the irradiation has taken place in a plant subject to official authorization, recognition of which depends on those specified Ministers of the Crown jointly being satisfied that the official authorization gives a standard of health protection equivalent to that given by an irradiation license in Great Britain. Where irradiation takes place elsewhere overseas, food can only be imported if the exporting country is approved by those specified Ministers of the Crown acting jointly, and approval cannot be given unless those Ministers are satisfied that a licensing system with equivalent health protection operates in the exporting country The specified types of food which may be irradiated, or imported after irradiation, are fruit, vegetables, cereals, bulbs and tubers, spices and condiments, fish and shellfish and poultry. These Regulations also make provision for records to be kept by licensee.
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