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Butcher Alex Jack passes new hygiene tests

STRANRAER butcher Alex Jack is the first in Dumfries and Galloway and maybe the first in Scotland to pass stringent new hygiene tests.

The business in Bridge Street heads the queue to be licensed under new Government regulations by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

And when Ian Jack contacted the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Associations to tell them of his success, they said they did not know of any other butchers in Scotland who had passed so far.

Mr Jack has been preparing for the new legislation for the past two years.

He explained

"I realised changes were on the way. I am extremely pleased we have gained the new certificate. All the investment in new equipment and training has been worthwhile".

The new law has come in the wake of the e-coli disaster in Central Scotland and is designed to separate the displaying and handling of cooked and raw meats to avoid cross-contamination.

Each business will have to pass an annual check.

 

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