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From: TSS (
Subject: Trade withdrawal of beef dripping containing animal by-products
Date: September 30, 2004 at 11:03 am PST

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Subject: Trade withdrawal of beef dripping containing animal by-products
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 20:53:25 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Trade withdrawal of beef dripping containing animal by-products
Wednesday, 29 September 2004

Category D: For information only

Ref: 44/2004 (England); D45/2004 (Scotland)

An incident is currently under investigation in England and Scotland.
Investigations have revealed that edible beef fat sold as beef dripping
has been manufactured by Nortech Foods Ltd based in Doncaster, using
ingredients that contained category 3 animal by-products.

This is in breach of EU Regulation 1774/2002 as read with the Animal
By-Products Regulations 2003, which prevent the incorporation of animal
by-products into food intended for human consumption.

A notice has been served on the company under the Animal By-Products
Regulations, requiring them to discontinue this practice.

The company is co-operating fully with the investigation, is disposing
of all its remaining stock of affected products, and is carrying out a
full trade withdrawal to recover from its customers any remaining dripping.

A number of local authorities in whose area Nortech's primary customers
are based have already been contacted by the FSA to oversee the
withdrawal. It is possible that other local authorities may be contacted
by their customers in turn for information or advice.

The batch of beef dripping in question was produced between 16 August
2004 to 17 September 2004. It is highly unlikely to pose any risk to
health because of the high temperatures at which it was processed and
microbiological testing of the end product has found it to be
microbiologically safe. The animal by-products used to manufacture this
product were derived from carcasses that had been through the normal
hygiene and BSE controls.

The Agency has recommended a trade withdrawal to recover all products
still remaining as beef dripping. If this has been incorporated into
further products, or is in use, the Agency does not feel it a
proportionate response to require recovery of such products.

The trade withdrawal appears to have been effective in removing the
affected product from all major retailers that had been supplied with
it. To assist local authorities if they receive enquiries from the
public, the Agency has prepared a press release which outlines the
details of the product sold through retailers. This press release can be
viewed from the link at the foot of this page. Customers who have any
affected products are being encouraged to return them to their supplier.

* Beef dripping withdrawn from sale

Read the full press release


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