25 March 1998
Scottish Office allows beef bones for dogs

THE Scottish Office has issued new guidelines allowing meat traders to sell beef bones as long as they are satisfied they are being obtained for pets and not human consumption.

However, it is not an option for a family butcher to comply with a customers request for “two T-bone steaks for my dog, please”. The bone has to have the beef removed from it.

Douglas Scott, former president of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Associations, asked how traders were supposed to stop people from using the bones to make stock for soup.

  • The Scotsman 25/03/98 page 2