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Sheep Meat: Safety

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to regularise the trade in prepared sheep meat, known as smokies; and if he will make a statement. (179690)

The Food Standards Agency is investigating whether it is possible to produce ‘skin-on’ sheep meat, known as smokies, in slaughterhouses using safe and hygienic processes. If sufficient supporting evidence is generated it is intended to approach the European Commission to suggest a change in the current law.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the value of the illegal trade in prepared sheep meat, known as smokies; (179691)

(2) what estimate he has made of the total value of the market in prepared sheep meat, known as smokies.

No estimate has been made of the value of the total illegal trade and the total value of the market in prepared sheep meat known as smokies.