Powers to obtain information, enter places for routine inspection, etc.
(1) An authorized officer may, in relation to any record or document required to be kept by a person under this Ordinance, do all or any of the following°X
(a) require the person to produce the record or document for inspection;
(b) require the person to provide all reasonable assistance, information or explanations in connection with the record or document;
(c) remove and retain the record or document for such period as may be reasonably necessary for further examination or reproduction, or until the relevant proceedings under this Ordinance have been heard and finally determined.
(2) An authorized officer may require a person to provide information relating to any levy or fee imposed under this Ordinance that is in the possession of the person and is reasonably necessary to enable the officer to ascertain whether this Ordinance has been or is being complied with.
(3) For the purpose of ascertaining whether this Ordinance has been or is being complied with, an authorized officer may, at any reasonable time, enter a place to which the public are permitted to have access, and may do all or any of the following°X
(a) observe and inspect any activity, operation, process or procedure involving prescribed products;
(b) require a person in charge of the place to produce any record or document relating to prescribed products or to any levy or fee imposed under this Ordinance;
(c) make copies of any record or document produced under paragraph (b);
(d) subject to subsection (4), take such samples of any products as the officer may reasonably require for the purpose of examination and investigation.
(4) If required by the person having the lawful custody of such products, the authorized officer shall pay for°X
(a) the market price of the samples he proposes to take; or
(b) if the market price is unknown or not readily ascertainable, a reasonable price of those samples.
(5) For the avoidance of doubt, a person is not liable for breach of any duty of confidentiality arising from the disclosure of any information that he is required to provide under this Ordinance.
(6) An authorized officer must not disclose any record, document or information produced or provided to him under this section unless he is satisfied that it is necessary to make the disclosure for the purposes of any proceedings under this Ordinance.
(7) In this section, a reference to a person includes a reference to anyone acting for or on behalf of the person.