Food Law News - UK - 2002

FSA Press Release, 7 January 2002

BEEF - Irish Beef Detained for Breaching Over 30-month Rule

A consignment of 90 Irish steer-sides aged over 30 months at the time they were slaughtered has been detained on entry into the UK.

The Chief Veterinary Officer of Ireland has been notified and investigations into the case, including the destination of and documentation relating to this consignment, are continuing.

The meat tested negative for BSE, but it is illegal under UK law to sell for human consumption meat from animals aged over 30 months.

The discovery that the cattle were aged over 30 months was made on Friday 4 January as the consignment was being unloaded at ADM Ltd, Eastbourne. The beef came from O'Farrell Meats in County Cork, Ireland.

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