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Calf Brains

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if calf brains are permitted to be used in food produced for human consumption; and if he will make a statement. [32270]

Under the Specified Bovine Material (Number 2) Order 1996, brains from calves over six months of age must be destroyed and so cannot enter the food chain. The brains of calves under six months of age can be sold for human consumption. However, the Meat Products and Spreadable Fish Products Regulations 1984, as amended, do not permit brains from calves under six months to be used except in meat products cooked during manufacture.