Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2014

EU Council Meeting, 25-26 September 2014

HYGIENE – Food hygiene: Handling of animal offal – Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Competiveness Council meeting held on 25th – 26th September 2014:

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation amending annex III to regulation 853/2004 as regards the handling of certain offal from animals intended for human consumption.

Regulation 853/2004 provides, inter alia, requirements for the production and placing on the market of meat from wild game. Food business operators are to ensure compliance with specific requirements for the further handling of offal such as stomachs of ruminants and feet of ungulates in accordance with annex III to that regulation.

This regulation provides a level playing field for operators, in particular small and medium-sized slaughterhouses, as regards the handling of offal. The requirements in the regulation, including the temperature requirements during storage and transport, ensure that these products can be safely handled and transported to an establishment outside the slaughterhouse, collected from different slaughterhouses and processed.

This Commission regulation is subject to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny. This means that now that the Council has given its consent, the Commission may adopt the regulation, unless the European Parliament objects.

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