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35 1924

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE (EGGS) ACT, 1924

PART III.

MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL.

Prohibition of sale of dirty or unfit eggs.

18. —(1) Any person who sells, exchanges or barters or offers or exposes for sale, exchange or barter any eggs which are externally dirty or which are unfit for human consumption, shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be punishable accordingly.

(2) With a view to preventing the sale, exchange, or barter, and the offering or exposing for sale, exchange or barter of eggs which are externally dirty or are unfit for human consumption, the Minister may by order make regulations in regard to all or any of the following matters, that is to say:—

(a) the packages and packing materials used for packing eggs;

(b) the method and manner in all or any respects of protecting eggs from wet, damp, dirt, or contamination of any sort while stored or in course of packing or transport;

(c) the marking for identification purposes of eggs or the packages containing eggs.

(3) Any person who contravenes in any respect any regulation made under this section shall be guilty of an offence against this section and shall be punishable accordingly.

(4) Any person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction thereof in the case of a first offence to a fine not exceeding ten pounds and in the case of a second or any subsequent offence to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding six months or to both such imprisonment and fine.

(5) Regulations made under this section shall not apply to any circumstances in respect of which the Minister is authorised by any other section of this Act to make regulations in regard to a similar subject matter.

Saving clause as to powers of Minister for Local Government and Public Health.

19. —The powers conferred on the Minister by this Act shall be and be exercised without prejudice to the exercise by the Minister for Local Government and Public Health of the powers conferred on him by the Public Health (Regulations as to Food) Act, 1907.

General regulations.

20. —(1) The Minister may by order make regulations in regard to any matter or thing referred to in this Act as prescribed, or as being or to be prescribed.

(2) Any regulations made by the Minister under this Act may relate to several matters in respect of which the power to make regulations is conferred by different sections of this Act.

(3) Any regulations made by the Minister under this Act in regard to fees shall be subject to the approval of the Minister for Finance.

(4) Regulations made by the Minister under this Act shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after they are made, and if a resolution is passed by either House of the Oireachtas within the next subsequent twenty-one days on which that House has sat annulling such regulations such regulations shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under such regulations.

Expenses.

21. —All expenses of carrying this Act into effect shall, to such extent as shall be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of moneys to be provided from time to time by the Oireachtas.

Offences.

22. —Every offence under any provision of this Act may be prosecuted by or at the suit of the Minister as prosecutor.