Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2015

Food Standards Scotland News Item, 10 September 2015

HYGIENE / MEAT – Food Standards Scotland (FSS)  statement on rare burgers

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has not changed its policy on rare burgers. The steps that businesses are required to take to protect consumers should be through thorough cooking in accordance with current Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) guidance or through a combination of controls verified by a food business operator that will provide equivalent protection.

This would mean that protective measures should not require consumer advice about additional risk as the food operator has a legal obligation to ensure the food is safe to eat.‎ The current FSS view is that the use of consumer information about additional risk would represent a significant departure from current policy aimed at protecting consumers. FSS does not  consider such a change in policy to be in the best interest of consumers in Scotland at this time.

Note: This statement was issued following the discussions at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board meeting. Following the establishment of the new body for Scotland (the FSS), the FSA decision no longer have effect in Scotland. See related FSA News Item: 9 September 2015 HYGIENE / MEAT - FSA Board decision on rare burgers

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