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We received responses from a representative section of the meat industry, two enforcement authorities and a consumer group. The replies largely showed a clear understanding of the issues.
Overall the responses supported our recommendations in the draft Statutory Instrument. The regulations on minimum meat content and prohibited parts of the carcase will therefore be retained. The consultation also served to highlight the potential confusion from the title and, as a result, this will be changed to ‘Products Containing Meat etc.’.
The Products Containing Meat etc. (England) Regulations 2014 will be laid in Parliament and come into force on 13 December 2014, replacing the Meat Products Regulations (England) 2003. Parallel legislation will come in at the same time in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This consultation seeks views on the best way to keep quality standards for meat products from England.
The Meat Products (England) Regulations 2003 set standards on how much meat and what kinds of offal are allowed in meat products. They need to be updated following changes in European legislation.
This consultation will be of interest to the meat industry, food retailers, consumers and consumer groups.