HL Deb 16 December 1999 vol 608 c66WA
Lord Hughes of Woodside

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will confirm that the retail ban on beef on the bone will be lifted on 17 December. [HL454]

Baroness Hayman

Consultation on the draft regulations to lift the retail ban on bone-in beef was completed on Wednesday 8 December and showed strong support for the proposal. A summary of consultation responses has been placed in the Library of the House. The regulations have been laid before the House today and will come into effect on Friday 17 December.

The remaining ban on the use of manufacturing of bones from beef deboned in Great Britain will continue to be kept under review. Meanwhile, manufacturers are being reminded of the continuing importance of compliance in the interest of public health and to help maintain consumer confidence in beef products. In addition, caterers are being asked to ensure that information is readily available to consumers about whether bone-in beef or beef bones have been used in the preparation of food for direct sale.

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