Food Law News - UK - 2006


FSA News Item, 13 March 2006

MEAT HYGIENE - FSA Board Meeting – National measures for UK meat plants and Harmonisation of specified risk material controls when the beef export ban is lifted

The Agency held an Open Board Meeting in Glasgow on Thursday 9 March 2006 . The following is an extract from the report:

Board paper: National measures for UK meat plants

The new EU Food Hygiene Regulations allow some of the rules applicable to meat plants to be varied in the interests of proportionality, as long as public health protection is maintained. In many cases this flexibility is provided in order to accommodate the needs of remote or small businesses. This paper proposed a number of such variations, all of which would require the agreement of the EU Commission and the other Member States .

The Board:

Board paper: Harmonisation of specified risk material controls when the beef export ban is lifted

In the event that the ban on UK exports of beef is lifted, the UK will be required under EU law to lower the threshold at which vertebral column becomes specified risk material (SRM) from 30 to 24 months.

SEAC had advised the Government that lowering the 30-month age limit would have negligible beneficial effect.

The paper argued that not allowing the removal of 24-30 month vertebral column to be carried out at authorised butchers would unnecessarily reduce consumer choice.

The Board:


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