Food Law News - UK - 2012

FSA News Item, 24 May 2012

MEAT - Guidance on desinewed meat moratorium

The Food Standards Agency has produced guidance to help meat processors comply with the moratorium on the production and use of 'desinewed meat' (DSM) from pig bones and poultry carcases. The moratorium comes into effect from Saturday 26 May 2012.

This follows advice from the European Commission (EC) that DSM produced by mechanically separating residual meat left after boning must be regarded as mechanically separated meat (MSM) and labelled as such.

A moratorium on DSM for cattle, sheep, and goat bones has applied since 28 April, following EC advice that DSM cannot be produced from the bones of those animals. The FSA published relevant guidance on 27 April.

For further information, see: 27 April 2012 MEAT - Desinewed meat from ruminant bones: Guidance on the moratorium

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