Statement: The EC is to ban the serving of rare meat in restaurants as it contains “too much bacteria”. This, together with other similar rules, is causing immense problems for restaurateurs and helping to drive out their customers.
Source: The Observer (19 September 1993)
Response: This is wholly untrue. The EC has no such plans, and furthermore its Food Hygiene Directive, which lays down the guidelines in this sphere, does not in any way apply to retailers (ie. butchers, restaurants and pubs) but only to those operations carried out before the point of sale.