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The Meat Products (England) Regulations 2003

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Regulation 4(1) and (2)

SCHEDULE 2RESERVED DESCRIPTIONS

Column 1Column 2Column 3
Name of FoodMeat or Cured Meat Content RequirementsAdditional Requirements
The food shall contain not less than the indicated percentage of meat, where the meat ingredient consists of the following:
Meat or, as the case may be, cured meat from pigs onlyMeat or, as the case may be, cured meat from birds only, rabbits only, or a combination of birds and rabbits onlyMeat or, as the case may be, cured meat from other species or other mixtures of meat

1.  Burgerwhether or not forming part of another word, but excluding any name falling within items 2 or 3 of this Schedule.

67%55%62%

1.  Where the name “hamburger” is used, the meat used in the preparation of the food must be beef, pork or a mixture of both.

2.  Where either of the names “burger” or “economy burger” is qualified by the name of a type of cured meat, the food must contain a percentage of meat of the type from which the named type of cured meat is prepared at least equal to the minimum required meat content for that food.

3.  Where any of the names “burger”, “economy burger” or “hamburger” is qualified by the name of a type of meat, the food must contain a percentage of that named meat at least equal to the minimum required meat content for that food.

4.  Where any of the names “burger”, “economy burger” or “hamburger” are used to refer to a compound ingredient consisting of a meat mixture and other ingredients, such as a bread roll, these requirements shall apply only to the meat mixture, as if the meat mixture were the meat product in the labelling or advertising of which the name was used as the name of the food.

2.  Economy Burgerwhether or not “burger” forms part of another word.

50%41%47%

3.  Hamburgerwhether or not forming part of another word.

67%Not applicable62%

4.  Chopped X, there being inserted in place of “X” the name “meat” or “cured meat” or the name of a type of meat or cured meat, whether or not there is also included the name of a type of meat

75%62%70%No additional requirement

5.  Corned X, there being inserted in place of “X” the name “meat” or the name of a type of meat, unless qualified by words which include the name of a food other than meat

120%120%120%

1.  The food shall consist wholly of meat that has been corned.

2.  Where the name of the food includes the name of a type of meat, the meat used in the preparation of the food shall be wholly of the named type.

3.  The total fat content of the food shall not exceed 15%.

6.  Luncheon meat

Luncheon X, there being inserted in place of “X” the name of a type of meat or cured meat

67%55%62%No additional requirement

7.  Meat pie

  • Meat pudding

  • The namepieorpuddingqualified by the name of a type of meat or cured meat unless qualified also by the name of a food other than meat or cured meat

1.  Where the name “Melton Mowbray pie” is used, the meat used in the preparation of the food must be meat from pigs only.

Melton Mowbray pie Game pie
Based on the weight of the ingredients when the food is uncooked12.5%12.5%12.5%
But if the food weighs— not more than 200 g. and not less than 100 g.11%11%11%
less than 100 g.10%10%10%

8.  Scottish pie or Scotch pie

No additional requirement
Based on the weight of the ingredients when the food is uncooked10%10%10%

9.  The namepieor pudding qualified by the words “meat” or “cured meat” or by the name of a type of meat or cured meat and also qualified by the name of a food other than meat or cured meat—

No additional requirement
Where the former (meat-related) qualification precedes the latter7%7%7%
Where the latter (non-meat-related) qualification precedes the former6%6%6%
Based on the weight of the ingredients when the food is uncooked

10.  Pasty or Pastie

  • Bridie

  • Sausage roll

No additional requirement
Based on the weight of the ingredients when the food is uncooked6%6%6%

11.  Sausage (excluding the name “sausage” when qualified by the words “liver” or “tongue” or both), link, chipolata or sausage meat.

No additional requirement
Where the name is qualified by the name “pork” but not by the name of any other type of meat42%Not applicableNot applicable
In all other cases32%26%30%
Note :The meat or cured meat content requirements specified in this Schedule are calculated by weight. In relation to items 1 to 6 and 11 they are based, subject to regulation 4(2)(a)(ii), on the weight of the food concerned as it is labelled or, as the case may be, advertised.

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