Food Law News - UK - 1997

5 December 1997: BSE - Beef Bone Ban Consultation

MAFF Press Release (388/97), 5 December 1997

Beef Bone Ban Consultation

A consultation letter setting out the terms and conditions for deboning beef has been sent to interested organisations today.

The consultation period ends on 12 December, and it is intended that the Order making the sale of bone-in beef illegal will come into effect on 16 December.

Agriculture Minister Jack Cunningham said:
"I have acted swiftly within the powers I have to protect the public. This measure has the support of consumers, who recognise that my priority is their protection. The Meat and Livestock Commission and National Farmers' Union have also welcomed it."

Dr Cunningham also reiterated his intention to ensure that all meat imported into Britain from European Member States meets the same high standards and quality control as there is in Britain.
"In July I secured EU agreement for further controls on specified risk materials (SRM), which would include meat from other European countries. These rules will come into effect on 1 January, and will prohibit the use of SRM for any purpose. I am determined to act on the best scientific advice in the interest of public safety and to restore consumer confidence in British beef."

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