MPI caves after outrage from red meat eaters

Obviously MPI is run by a bunch of vegans because they sure as hell didn’t predict outrage at taking away our red meat.

After yesterday’s talk back ran hot with anger they have swiftly raised the white flag and crawled back into their box.

Burger-gate is over – the threat to medium-rare burger patties is gone.

Steak tartare, carpaccio and other uncooked or rarely-cooked fare will also be allowed onto the menu after bureaucrats found a way for the nation to dine as it wishes.

The shift came today after under-fire bureaucrats at the Ministry for Primary Industries clarified its stance over minced meats and liver.

It followed an outpouring of frustration from the Duke Of Marlborough Hotel’s award-winning chef Dan Fraser who felt forced to pull the Governor’s Burger with its medium-rare pattie from the menu.

New food regulations largely developed to deal with food cooked in fastfood joints had been also been presented to thousands of restaurants, dictating cooking processes which would have stopped Fraser and others from cooking patties on a barbecue grill.

The backlash had MPI’s director Peter Thomson today explaining that there was no need for any restaurant to change, as long as chefs could show food inspectors that they could produce food for customers that was safe to eat.

Thomson said the generic guidelines which had been distributed also allowed for particular types of food to be served outside the rules.

He said the generic guidelines did not account for specialist outlets or restaurants which prepared food in a particular way, but there was room to do so.

“It is designed for the average places rather than places that do something special. We have offered to work with chefs to develop a bespoke food control plan or to develop a new section to go into the template.”

He said no special guidelines existed for minced meat at this stage but MPI had started work on a new template that would allow chefs to prepare food as they had – as long as it could be shown safe to eat.

The only correct way to eat steak is to cut it’s throat, wipe its arse and plonk it on the plate. Take that away at your peril.

The clipboard carrying jobsworths lost this one.


-NZ Herald

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