NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
City Foreign Beef Warning Follows BSE Scare
in Coventry have been warned against buying imported beef after a
crackdown on illegal meat was launched in the city.
environmental health officers are to make spot checks at butchers
in the city to make sure that no imported beef over 30 months old
is being sold.
checks follow concerns that some beef finding its way into Britain
could be from cattle that are older than the legal limit set
because of the increased risk of BSE.
government’s Food Standards Agency has ordered a thorough
investigation to make sure that all meat is safe following
outbreaks of the disease on the continent.
Makin, Environmental Health Manager at Coventry City Council, said
a string of measures were being put in place.
Food Standards Agency has asked us to make sure that local meat
traders are not selling or using this imported beef and we have
written to all local butchers, wholesalers and food
manufacturers making them aware of this problem.
officers will also be carrying out spot checks to make sure that
none of this imported beef is on sale in Coventry.”
John McNicholas, cabinet member (Environmental Services) said
people would be safer buying British beef. He said:
priority is to ensure Coventry consumers can safely eat beef
which is on sale in our city.
Coventry people want to enjoy a nice steak or roast I would
recommend they always buy British beef, which is produced to the
highest safety standards.”
meat wholsesalers or food manufacturers who want more advice
should call 024 7683 1832.