Pink burger ban - safe or not, the taste of the meat is not in doubt

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While researching the story about the ban on 6 oz Burgers’ pink burgers, I saw the top-quality chuck steak minced on the butcher’s premises, writes Stuart Anderson.

Burgers served ‘pink’ have been forced off the menu at the popular burger bar by health inspectors from Portsmouth City Council over fears of a public safety risk.

6 oz Burgers owners Piotr Mientkiewicz and James Baldry. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150495-7)

6 oz Burgers owners Piotr Mientkiewicz and James Baldry. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150495-7)

I also watched owner Piotr Mientkiewicz cook up a burger in the restaurant’s kitchen. He showed me every step of the process, from removing the mince from its vacuum-sealed pack, shaping it into a burger on the grill and searing it.

He added the buns, bacon and cheese to make the classic beef burger, which he gave to me to try free of charge.

Whether pink burgers represent a threat to public safety is not for me to say.

That will be decided by a district judge at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court next month after hearing evidence from expert witnesses on both sides.

But there’s one thing I can attest to: my burger was delicious.