09 April 1998
Beef-on-bone counsels sent to clarify arguments

THE Sheriff presiding over the case of Scottish hotelier Jim Sutherland, who allegedly served T-bone steak in defiance of the beef-on-bone ban, has sent both the defence and prosecution away to clarify their arguments.

Procurator-fiscal Duncan MacNeill is trying to convince Sheriff James Paterson to allow the case to proceed against the Carfraemill hotelier.

But Sheriff Paterson has asked both sides to define what they mean by the terms “preparation and treatment” as referred to in the beef regulation. Sutherland is accused of “preparing beef for direct sale to the ultimate consumer”.

But the defence is trying to show that last years Beef Bones Regulations are “fatally flawed”. The defence insists that because the Scottish catering industry – including hoteliers and restaurateurs – were not consulted then they were not bound by the regulations.

  • The Scotsman 09/04/98 page 11