01 September 1997
Govt closes "private kill" loophole
“PRIVATE kills” for farmers families and friends are to be targeted by a Government crackdown on meat safety. The Fresh Meat Regulations are to be amended to cover meat killed for its owners own use, or for sale to friends and neighbours.
According to the agriculture ministry, this is being done to prevent farmers claiming back meat from cattle over 30 months old for their own use. The rule changes will prevent un-inspected meat, and particularly beef over the 30-month cut-off date, from being sold on to the wider public.