National Beef Assurance Scheme Act, 2000

Provisional approval of applicants.

9.—(1) During the period beginning on the commencement of this Act and ending on the date fixed by the Minister for all participants or for the appropriate class of participants under subsection (5), participants shall be deemed to be provisionally approved under this Act until they are granted or refused a certificate of approval by the Minister.

(2) During the period of provisional approval, the Minister may impose on a participant or a class of participant such conditions and requirements or both as he or she thinks fit relating to the production, processing, trading or otherwise handling of animals, carcases or meat intended for human consumption and the manufacture or trading of feedingstuffs.

(3) The Minister may at any time amend or revoke a condition or requirement imposed under subsection (2).

(4) A person who fails to comply with a condition or requirement imposed under subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence.

(5) The Minister shall by order fix the date for the termination of the period of provisional approval for all participants or for any class of participant as the Minister considers appropriate.