10 May 2000
BSE threat to charcuterie
TRADITIONAL French sausages and patés could be outlawed under tougher rules to protect consumers against BSE.
Independent French food safety agency Afssa has recommended that the intestines of cows slaughtered in France should be removed from the food chain, reports The Independent.
These are used to encase some kinds of charcuterie, or cooked sausages, and are a traditional ingredient of paté or potted meat called rillettes.
While artificial alternatives are available, they alter the taste of the finished product, reports the newspaper.
A spokesman for the charcuterie industry said technocrats who wanted to introduce the rules were “ignorant”.
- The Independent 10/05/2000 page 3