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FSA expert committee rejects rare burger guidance

July 11, 2016
Food

hamburgerThe Food Standards Agency was dealt a major blow last week after its own expert committee declined to change its risk assessment on the safe cooking of burgers.

At a meeting of the FSA’s Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) members reiterated their advice that for a burger to be cooked safely it should be cooked for two minutes at 70C (or equivalent) to ensure the E. coli pathogen is killed off at the core of the burger.

However, in its advice issued in May the FSA stated that it was acceptable to serve burgers that are not thoroughly cooked if suitable pathogen reduction measures were introduced into the supply chain

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Published by: Environmental Health News, 6/7/2016