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VEGETARIAN DESCRIPTORS


CRAFTBUTCHER l MAY 2019


NEW NAMES NEEDED FOR VEGAN/ VEGETARIAN SAUSAGES AND BURGERS? Butchers have become


National Craſt Butchers are


always trying to fi nd ways to support butchers as well as the wider meat industry. In 2016, at the International


Butchers Confederation Council, we strongly supported Spanish and German butchers who proposed the protection of traditional names for meat cuts and products. T e idea was to prevent non-meat product suppliers using terms such as steak, escalope, chop, sausage and burger. Aſt er several years of


lobbying we have now reached the situation where the


powerful Agri Committee in Brussels have adopted a compromise agreement. T e amendment is to the Agricultural Products Regulations and utilises the principle of not misleading the consumer on food labelling. T e amendment will have


to survive further procedures including a new European Parliament but currently it has strong support. Whatever the future status of the UK following Brexit it is likely that we will automatically follow suit with the rest of Europe. Similar legislation is


already in place in France and some American states. Dairy product names such as milk, butter, cheese and yoghurt are already protected throughout Europe and can no longer be used for plant-based foods such as soya and tofu.


irritated in recent years by companies adopting terminologies such as plant- based meat or caulifl ower


SCAM ALERT! Recent reports from Wales have warned of a man visiting


food businesses claiming to be from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). He is very credible and demands money for a food


hygiene re-rating inspection and threatens that failure to co- operate will result in a heavy fi ne. Only two incidents have been reported but the authorities


fear that it could become more widespread. Do not give this person the time of day- it is a defi nite scam. T e FSA only visit businesses very rarely and only with a prior appointment made through your local authority.


If you receive a visit from this con-man please report to


your local authority and the police with as much information as possible. Please let us know as well so we can update members.n


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