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10 Day rule to go at last!

10 Day rule to go at last!

10 Day rule to go at last!

National Craft Butchers warmly welcomes this long overdue decision by the Food Standards Agency to amend the infamous 10-day rule and clarify that fresh meat is no longer in scope. This is a policy change that has taken a painfully long time.
 
National Craft Butchers described the inclusion of fresh meat in the 10- day rule as, “one of the most contentious and criticised measures ever imposed on the food industry.” NCB have been a vocal critic, consistently challenging the Agency over the last several years. We pointed out that the measure was disproportionate and not risk-based and was unique in that no other country had anything similar.
 
We also pointed out that guidance of this type discriminates unfairly against smaller businesses who cannot afford extensive micro-testing to justify longer dates.
 
This change will not only benefit industry but will also drastically reduce food waste. The Waste and Resources Action Programme estimate that households throw away a staggering 240,000 tonnes of meat every year. Craft butchers consider this a criminal waste of money and an unacceptable strain on sustainability.
 
NCB Technical Manager Richard Stevenson commented: “First and foremost this is a great day for Craft Butchers and the whole industry. However, we should all remember that the measure should never have been adopted in the first place. A scientific study commissioned by BMPA and Meat and Livestock Australia (many congratulations to them) reported recently that fresh meat has the lowest spore loading of any food material or component. Frankly, the FSA should have already known this and on this occasion, they have done a great disservice to consumers by excessive use of the precautionary principle.”
 
John Mettrick, NCB Director of Legislation said: “ Great news for butchers that common sense has prevailed in the end and the regulation is proportional and matches the science”.
 
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