Food Law News - UK - 1997
28 February 1997: MEAT HYGIENE - Proposed Amendments to the Fresh Meat controls relating to "Private Kills"
MAFF Letter, 28 February 1997
Proposed Amendments to the Fresh Meat controls relating to "Private Kills"
Provision is made in the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 for the slaughter of a farmer's animal and the subsequent return of the carcase to the farmer for their own consumption. Full inspection and health marking is not required.
There has been concern the system may be subject to abuse and the proposed amendment will remove the provision in the Regulations which permit this "private kill". Such animals will have to be subject to full ante and post mortem checks and health marking. Such meat would thus be permitted for sale if the farmer subsequently decides to sell any part of the carcase (provided other hygiene requirements were met). A related amendment will be made to the Animal By-Products (Identification) Regulations.
MAFF have requested comments by 11 April 1997.
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