FSA seeks comments on rare burger production advice

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking for comments on new consolidated advice for the food industry and local authorities on the production of rare burgers. 

Last year, the FSA said the preparation of rare burgers in food outlets was unacceptable unless a validated and verified safety management plan was in place. The FSA has said that advice for food businesses operators and local authorities on the service of burgers that are “less than thoroughly cooked” has been consolidated into a single document, with the help from feedback from local authorities and stakeholders.

Advice has already been published in ‘ENF’ (enforcement) referenced letters to local authorities.

The consolidated document includes clarification of the advice, taking into account stakeholders’ views, as well as clarifying potential control systems which the food industry can use as part of their HACCP-based food safety management systems.

A statement on the FSA’s website said: “We would like to invite comments from interested parties on the consolidated advice before it is published.”

The deadline for comment in Thursday 31 March 2016. Comments should be directed towards Nick Laverty at LAHygieneEnquiries@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

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