Beef Bones Regulations 1997: Difference between revisions

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== Regulations ==
[[File:Côte de boeuf.jpg|thumb|Beef rib on the bone]]
The stated purpose of the regulations was "to protect public health and maintain confidence in beef and beef products".<ref name=consumer>{{cite book |last1=Szmigin |first1=Isabelle |title=Understanding the Consumer |date=2003 |publisher=SAGE |location=London |isbn=978-1-4129-3356-8 |page=24 |url= |language=en}}</ref> They were a statutory instrument (SI) made under the powers granted by the [[Food Safety Act 1990]], applied across [[Great Britain]] and came into force on 16 December 1997.<ref name=safety>{{cite book |last1=D'Mello |first1=J. P. Felix |title=Food Safety: Contaminants and Toxins |year=2003 |publisher=CABI |isbn=978-0-85199-751-3 |page=425 |url= |language=en}}</ref><ref name=defra/> The [[Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food]] at the time the regulations were implemented was [[Jack Cunningham, Baron Cunningham of Felling|Jack Cunningham]].<ref>{{cite web |title=Parliamentary career for Lord Cunningham of Felling |url= |website=UK Parliament |accessdate=13 October 2020 |language=en}}</ref> While the regulations only extended to Great Britain, comparable restrictions were brought in for Northern Ireland as a [[Statutory rules of Northern Ireland|statutory rule]], the Beef Bones Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997, under the powers in the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.
The regulations prohibited the sale of any beef [[meat on the bone|on the bone]] (from animals aged 6 months or older) and restricted the use of beef bone material in food products for human consumption.<ref name=safety/><ref name=defra/> They also banned the deboning of beef anywhere except in a recognised food processing premises and created a responsibility for the operator of such premises to ensure that deboning was carried out in such a manner as to prevent contamination of food stuffs. The regulations also specified how beef bones should be stored and required food producers to keep records pertaining to the origin of their beef. The ban on the sale of beef on the bone came into force immediately, and food producers were granted a three-month period to implement the other aspects of the regulations.<ref name=defra/>