A long-running legal case involving the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and a meat business has been settled by the Supreme Court.

Cleveland Meat Company (CMC), which stopped trading in 2017, and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) brought the case against the FSA.

It concerned the European Union system for meat product inspection used to ensure that health and safety standards are maintained and whether there is a right of appeal against an Official Veterinarian’s assessment of the fitness of meat for human consumption when there is a dispute.

The row started in September 2014 when a bull was
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Operators of five Scottish companies plan to go ahead with a judicial review after raising money for legal fees to challenge government guidance on making cheese from unpasteurized, raw milk.

The guidance is focused on controlling microbiological risks during the production of artisan cheeses made from raw, unpasteurized milk. The risks include, but are not limited to, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) including E. coli O157. The guidance applies to sites producing cheese made from unpasteurized milk from cows, goats, sheep and buffalo.

The document comes from a working group of the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC) and is
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Five Scottish companies have launched a fundraising campaign for legal fees to challenge new inspection and enforcement guidance, including food safety measures, regarding raw milk cheese.

The guidance will effectively make production in Scotland unviable, according to the cheesemakers who specialize raw milk cheese.

It is focused on controlling microbiological risks in the production of artisan cheeses made from raw, unpasteurized milk such as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) including E. coli O157 and applies to all sites producing cheese made from unpasteurized milk from cows, goats, sheep and buffalo.

The document was produced by a working group of the
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