Support shown for Portsmouth restaurant’s ‘pink’ burgers

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CALLS have been made for a U-turn over the decision to take ‘pink’ burgers off the menu at a popular restaurant.

The video above shows James Baldry, owner of 6 oz Burgers, speaking of his frustration at the situation

SUPPORT From left, Piotr Mientkiewicz, James Baldry at 6 oz Burgers in Southsea

SUPPORT From left, Piotr Mientkiewicz, James Baldry at 6 oz Burgers in Southsea

Portsmouth City Council’s environmental boss has attacked health inspectors for being too heavy-handed after they demanded 6 oz Burgers should stop serving undercooked beef.

Conservative councillor Rob New says he wants to work with the Southsea business to try to come up with another resolution.

And he does not think there should be an issue serving good quality burgers more tender in the middle.

Council inspectors said they had concerns over the way food was being prepared and claimed the pink burgers posed a risk to public safety.

I want the decision to be overturned, it’s ridiculous. It’s too heavy-handed and there has got to be a better way of resolving this.

Councillor Rob New, Tory cabinet member for environment and community safety

It came on the back of advice they had received from the national Food Standards Agency.

Cllr New: ‘I want the decision to be overturned – it’s ridiculous.

‘It’s too heavy-handed and there has got to be a better way of resolving this.

‘I prefer burgers like that to be pink, absolutely.

‘The problem is a lot of people don’t understand the intricacies of food. This business has sold in excess of 20,000 burgers, and as far as I know, no-one is ill yet.

‘It should be an informed choice.’

James Ralls, co-owner of Meat and Barrel restaurant in Palmerston Road, Southsea, said inspectors have no problem with his business selling pink burgers.

‘We had a visit from the same inspector.

‘We prepared paperwork showing where our meat comes from and it’s all okay,’ Mr Ralls said.

‘We are supportive of them selling pink burgers and hope they can again soon.’

The restaurant’s directors, James Baldry, 32, of Southsea, and Piotr Mientkiewicz, 33, of Milton, insist their food is prepared to the highest standard and have vowed to fight the ‘hygiene emergency prohibition order’ imposed against them.