National Beef Assurance Scheme Act, 2000

Power of Minister to revoke certificate of approval.

16.—(1) The Minister may, at any time, revoke a certificate of approval if the Minister is satisfied that—

(a) the certificate of approval has been obtained by fraud or by misrepresentation (whether fraudulent or innocent),

(b) there has been any contravention (whether by commission or omission) of this Act or of a regulation made under this Act or of a condition attached to the certificate of approval,

(c) there has been a contravention (whether by commission or omission) of an Act, order or regulation specified in the relevant part of the Second Schedule, or

(d) the holder of a certificate of approval has not, within a reasonable time, complied with the requirements of a notice served under section 18 .

(2) Before revoking a certificate of approval the Minister shall—

(a) notify the holder in writing of the intention to revoke the certificate of approval and of the reasons for the revocation,

(b) notify the person in writing that the person, or a person acting on his or her behalf, may make representations to the Minister in relation to the intended revocation within 14 days of the date of issue of the notification, and

(c) consider any representations made under paragraph (b) before deciding whether or not to proceed with the revocation.

(3) Where the Minister decides to proceed with the revocation of a certificate of approval under this section, the Minister shall, by notice in writing, notify the holder of the certificate—

(a) of the decision and of the reasons for that decision,

(b) of the time limit within which, and of the manner in which, an appeal against the revocation may, pursuant to section 17 , be made, and

(c) if the holding or premises to which the revocation relates, nmay continue to be used for the production, processing, trading and otherwise handling of animals, carcases and meat for human consumption or for the manufacture or trade of feedingstuffs.