Food Standards Agency welcomes pink burgers ruling

6 oz Burgers owners Piotr Mientkiewicz, left, and James Baldry
6 oz Burgers owners Piotr Mientkiewicz, left, and James Baldry
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THE Food Standards Agency has welcomed the pink burgers ruling.

The future of a restaurant is hanging in the balance after its owners lost a £125,000 court battle over lightly-cooked meat.

James Baldry and Piotr Mientkiewicz fought Portsmouth City Council after it forced the item off the menu at 6 oz Burgers in Osborne Road, Southsea.

Steve Wearne, director of policy at the Food Standards Agency, said: ‘The FSA welcomes this result for Portsmouth City Council and we are pleased that the judge has recognised 
that the local authority was doing no more than fulfilling its duty.

‘Our long-standing advice is that burgers should be cooked thoroughly to kill any bugs that may be present.

‘We support local authorities in taking action in circumstances where businesses cannot demonstrate that they have adequate controls and where they do not meet legal food safety requirements.’