Judge rejects first beef-on-the-bone case

21 April 1998

Judge rejects first beef-on-the-bone case

By FWi staff

THE law on beef on the bone was thrown into turmoil this morning (Tuesday) after a Scottish judge ruled that part of the legislation is defective.

Sheriff James Paterson dismissed the court case brought against the first person to be prosecuted for breaching the beef-on-the-bone ban. He said that some of the regulations under which the case was brought were defective.

Jim Sutherland, a hotelier in the Scottish borders, was accused of serving T-bone steak to 170 farmers at a “prohibition dinner” five days after the ban was introduced last December.

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