First Coke, Now Bloody Center - Government Feed-tervention Escalates

Tyler Durden's picture

The personal freedom to indulge in 32 ounces of sugary corn-syrup-filled fizzy drinks left New Yorkers with a nasty libertarian taste in their mouths. Now, a few months later, as The Telegraph reports that UK council officials are cracking down on the freedom to choose how your burger is done, warning restaurants not to offer them rare or even medium-rare. Of course, this is proposed to be in the best interests of the eating public focused on "making sure customers are eating meat that is a not a threat to their health." This policy, set to the subject of a legal ruling shortly, leavs some to suggest it could destroy the gourmet burger industry (by mandating lengthy cooking times): "Not only that but you’re opening a Pandora’s box, because where do you finish? Steak tartare, runny eggs … the list is endless." Soylent Green anyone?


Via The Telegraph:

Now council officials are cracking down on the freedom to choose how your burger is done, warning restaurants not to offer them rare or even medium-rare.


A number of celebrity chefs are affected by the move, including Gordon Ramsay, whose Maze Grill restaurant sells a burger for £12, Angela Hartnett, whose York and Albany’s bar menu includes burgers, and the Soho House chain, run by Nick Jones, the husband of broadcaster Kirsty Young.


All face being asked at their next routine inspection how they offer their burgers after the decision by Westminster city council, which regulates food safety in more restaurants than any other local authority.


The decision is expected to be followed by other councils, but critics fear it could lead to questions over the safety of rare steaks and raw meat dishes such as steak tartare.


The policy is to be the subject of a legal ruling.


After routine inspections by environmental health officers, Westminster council challenged the way Davy’s was serving its £13.95 burgers at one of its restaurants in central London. Davy’s has taken the case to the High Court, which experts say could set a legal precedent as to whether or not diners will be able to order meat rare.


A Davy’s spokesman said: “The burgers are produced from high quality ingredients and Davy’s contends that it has safe measures in place to serve rare or medium-rare burgers.”


James Armitage, the council’s food health and safety manager, said: “This is about making sure customers are eating meat that is not a threat to their health. It is possible to produce burgers that can be eaten undercooked, but strict controls are essential.


“We have enlisted the UK’s top expert on E. coli, Prof Hugh Pennington, to get this matter resolved and he has outlined that rare minced meat that is not correctly cooked and prepared can kill.”


But John Cadieux, the executive head chef for the Burger and Lobster chain, said: “If you follow the guidelines to the letter then you’re going to destroy the burger industry.


“Not only that but you’re opening a Pandora’s box, because where do you finish? Steak tartare, runny eggs … the list is endless.”


According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), there are no rules banning the sale of raw or rare meat by restaurants or caterers.


Tony Lewis, of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said: the case would have “nationwide implications”.


“At present the guidance from the FSA is that for burgers the meat should be cooked at 158F (70C) for two minutes,” he said. “If Westminster loses the case we will have to reassess.”

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Frastric's picture

All part of Cameron's austerity Britain...

Open for business indeed...

goldm3mb3r's picture

As a Brit I can confirm that they are a bunch of whinging , nanny state loving , socialist bed-wetters.

Frastric's picture

Being also a Brit to, I am very well aware of this obsession with far-flung scientific reports and how the government and the media pounce upon them to scaremonger the sheeple... It's a farce that has become ever so boring...

magpie's picture

Without the media percolation emitting from Londonistan, it's a non-issue like Bumfuck, Ontario issuing a communal ordinance.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

At least they can still eat Spotted Dick.

Oleander's picture

I brought this to a company Chtistmas party once. I would probably get in trouble these days as in Mass. it would be deemed very insensitive. Sounds better than Spotted vagina though.


Pool Shark's picture



Rare Prime Rib is now done; literally.

Stick a fork in it...


TruthInSunshine's picture

The reason why they have to cook the grist they call hamburger to 5000 degrees celsius is that the animals being raised on big agri feedlots are toxic repositories of chemicals, pus and fecal matter, and even radiating their dead ass carcasses isn't enough to ensure the last traces of contaminants are rendered neutralized.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

This is what so called "free" government universal healthcare gets you. Universal limits on your freedoms. Once again, the nanny state tries to eliminate moral hazard in any way shape and form. If someone eats a rare burger and gets sick, then it's their problem--or it should be.

And everything is bad for you to some degree, since we are all born terminally ill. On a long enough time line.....

francis_sawyer's picture

For he himself has said it...

& It's greatly to his cre-e-dit (that he IS an Englishman)...


gmrpeabody's picture

Maybe everybody who wants gourmet will stay at home and learn to cook properly...

Flakmeister's picture

Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis anyone?

sun tzu's picture

Heat does not destroy the prions

Flakmeister's picture

Just a general comment on eating *any* British beef.....

nmewn's picture

I've always found it interesting that the loudest ones complaining about what someone chooses to eat, are also the loudest ones promoting government assisted suicide and/or other death mechanism.

Must be a timng or personal monetary concern to them instead of just a humanity thingy...runny eggs and bacon are on me! ;-)

Yen Cross's picture

Bacon and everything.  Run you HOGS/ I'm hungry....

Marco's picture

You don't get e-coli in ground meat from the animals ... it gets there the same way it's always gotten there ...

Personally I think a health warning for easily contaminated food wouldn't be entirely reaching too far, but raw egg based dishes are more dangerous than meat by far. Most people know what they are getting into with uncooked meat, whereas with a lot of dishes people have no idea it uses raw eggs.

Roosting Chicken's picture

Right.  It's not the meat that naturally contains E coli.  It's in the processing.  Hamburger is slopped around and not very controlled during processing, even fecal matter gets in there.  Any cuts of beef are safe to eat rare because they are not processed that way.  If you want freedom to enjoy med-rare hamburger, I say you should have your freedom because I believe in natural selection. But you not very smart if you do eat raw burger. 

Rip van Wrinkle's picture

Every f'ing day yet another press release from the Health Nazi Party is relayed to the peasants via their propaganda arm, the British Bullshit Corporation and their, since Leveson. sidekick news organisation, Sky News. This will kill you, That will ensure you suffer from a desperately disgusting disease that affects the brain. Some disease called 'thinking'? You turn from one station to the other and it's pracrtically syncronised.


Drives me nuts.

nmewn's picture

Give this man a round of applause!

Fuck them...and their "go get your flu shot" campaign because the World Health Organization has members heavilly invested in pharma while the vaccine is going bad on the shelf!

Fuck them...because some people like a raw egg in their beer!

Fuck them...because I like a medium rare steak UNTRIMMED of fat!

OMG!!!...I'm going to die from eating an ice cream cone!

Fucking food nazis...I'm sick of them before its even gotten ramped up good.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Nmewn, the terrifying reality on the horizon is that that goddamn shot will become mandatory. I was pressured 15 years ago to get it and like a dumb sheeple did it. I had a horrible reaction... Worse than if I had gotten the flu. They claimed it wasn't the flu shot, I had gotten the " other" stain of flu. The next year I got it again like a good little sheep because I believed them. Well, I was rushed to the hospital with a 104 fever and screaming in pain, my joints were on fire. They told me again I got the "other" stain. Curiously my family including my 70 year old mother in law never got this mysterious strain either time. How fucking unusual for something highly contagious as influenza. After extensive research I believe I have an allergy to the adjuvant in the vaccine, if true I have a great chance of developing autoimmune diseases because of these 2 shots. Several hospitals across the country have fired personnel for not getting the shot,requiring 100% compliance. I may be forced into a corner... My job or my life? Eventually Natzi American will hit us all as some point . I'm preparing to make a stand.


nmewn's picture

I made my stand on the government/MSM controlled Swine Flu NON-pandemic a few years ago and put mine on notice that if their "government school nurse" came at them with a syringe or spray they were to run...and if cornered...fight with whatever they had at hand.

Once getting away, call me and Mom.

In all fairness they sent a letter "advising" that they take the Swine Flu shot. I wrote in big black Sharpie pen (after checking off the appropriate boxes)...DO NOT...YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO INJECT OR SPRAY MY CHILDREN FOR ANYTHING!

We don't even allow them to be photographed or videoed for the states propaganda purposes.

We have never taken a flu shot and we're was hype at the very least.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

High five from me to you! During the H1N1 2009 swine flu mass hysteria I went through bloody hell. I was the only one refused vaccination. Right when the epidemic started I had already contracted it. It was a very harsh flu ( mr miffed was not pleased when I gave it to him as well). When I recovered I was chosen to run all the flu analysis at our hospital because I was immune. People we're terrified to touch the samples. The following year the strain was included in the shot and they insisted I get the shot. I fought back because getting the actual live virus induces FAR greater immunity than the shitty shot. This is why they push this damn shot every year, immunity from vaccination is poor. Studies have shown this. Of course I'm not providing a much needed income stream to big Pharma . that in reality lies the crux and people like me must be eliminated or the whole system will be exposed for what it is. Good to here you saved your kids from that toxic shit....don't get me started on Gardacil.


Terminus C's picture

Farmagedon bitches.

Watch this if you still question whether or not you still think you live in a free country.

U.S. Gov = Nazi

nuf said...

Pseudo Anonym's picture

forget who they are:

they are a bunch of whinging , nanny state loving , socialist bed-wetters

it's all about conditioning, obedience and submitting yourself to the state authority

StandardDeviant's picture

Yes, to hell with the "'Elf-n-Safety" Gestapo.

I've gotten this "medium-at-least" rubbish from restaurants here in London.  The answer?  "Fine.  I'll have it 'medium' then -- and please tell the chef that if it's not pink inside, I'll be sending it back."  Any chef with the slightest love of food, and sense of pride in his work, will understand.

williambanzai7's picture

Two Mad Cow Burgers to go...


Manthong's picture

If you follow your Steak Tartare with a single malt big gulp, you not only will feel pretty good, but you will take care of that little bacteria concern as well. 

adr's picture

Shouldn't that have been Obama's head with a cow body?

I'm laughing just picturing that.

Then you have to add Michelle standing over him with a knife and fork.

Yen Cross's picture

That was awesome WB-7?  How in the heck do you find, ( transpose retarded politicians) into humor?

Conflict of Interest's picture

First they came for the Big Gulps, but I said nothing for I drank only water.  Then they came for the burgers and I said nothing for I eschewed red meat.  Now they are after sushi and there are none left to speak for me.

Waterfallsparkles's picture

I know.   Have you ever seen the video where they are pulling worms out of raw fish?  Here is one of them.

And this one.

Woman almost died.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

You say that like worms are a bad thing?

Waterfallsparkles's picture

I do not know about you but I would not want them reproducing in my Gut or my Brain.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

You'd be shocked to find out how many places one can pick up worms. After working 25 years in parasitology I've seen things that were quite shocking. That series Monsters inside Me will really scare you but to be honest, serious parasitic infections are quite rare in the USA. We had a hippy couple a few years back lose their 3 year old child to Baylisascaris (racoon parasite that goes to the humane brain) because they loved raccoons and fed them regularly at their house. Unfortunately the racoons latrined in the child's sandbox. Many people get Toxoplasma from cat feces and research is showing it could explain some suicides. Taenia solium ( pork tape worm) has an unusual predilection for the brain and can form abscesses ( the reason you don't see pork tartare!) Most people in the USA tend to pick up parasites ( except for giardia) from foreign travel and not always from food. Google " humane bot fly " for something akin to Alien!

Miffed :-)

Cathartes Aura's picture

I remember reading about a guy who travelled to *cough* acquire a hookworm that cured his asthma - no doubt you've had this story shared with you more than a few times, heh. . .

here's his "practical guide"

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Yes I read about this guy! He actually put into practice what so many had theorized. Fascinating and gutsy man. I myself had severe asthma for 30 years. I met a group of raw vegans who convinced me to try raw juice fasting. After a year later and 5 three week juice fasts my asthma was gone. I also cleaned out all the chemical cleaners and detergents ( sorry Dow). I was shocked to find out how there is formaldehyde in drier sheets! Haven't used an inhaler in six years. Quite a feat considering I used to take four puffs every four hours around the clock for 30 years. I'm sure I'd be infecting myself now with hookworm if I hadn't already found my cure. Asthma is like slowly drowning ; those that never had it have no idea how terrifying it is.


Cathartes Aura's picture

I had a bout with some asthma-like-symptoms (no label, as no "doctor" intervention happened) last winter, 2am couldn't breathe past gasps, and had to go outside into cold night air for even those. . .

did the H202 inhale thing, every few hours - and after 24 hours, I could breathe again.  it took about 4 weeks to thoroughly eradicate the symptoms (lesser version recurrence over first couple of weeks), but I've not had anything like it since.

nor do I ever want to - it truly is a terrifying experience to not be able to get air into one's lungs!

for pennies a day. . .

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Tx! I'll keep that in mind if I ever have another attack.


WmMcK's picture

I don't drink or smoke but I draw the (vice) line at red meat and brown sugar (and metals, of course).

Skateboarder's picture

The future of food... a useless eater may not cook its own meals. All meals will be provided by the State. A list of sample laws is given:

- A useless eater may eat no more than 1/2 a carrot per day. It will be cooked to mush. Consumption of raw or partially cooked vegetables is strictly illegal.

- A useless eater may not eat eggs sunny side up, over easy, or over medium. All yolks will be cooked solid.

- A useless eater may not eat more than 500g HFCS per day. Each item available will have a maximum of 30g HFCS. Consumption of cane sugar is strictly illegal.

- A useless eater will be issued 1 bag of doritos, 1 pop tart, 1 microwaveable pizza, and 2 cans of Mountain Dew a day. Additional food may be obtained by trading liesure hours for work.

- Gardening and farming are strictly illegal.

- Possession of an animal is strictly illegal.

viahj's picture

"Eat recycled food.  It's good for the environment, and O.K. for you."

Bad Attitude's picture

You should watch the movie "The Human Centipede" (or the South Park parody "Humancentipad"), which gives "eat recycled food" a whole new meaning.


AgShaman's picture

The "future of food".....

AKA....."A Useless Eater"

Cathartes Aura's picture

the "future of food" is already written, in the Codex Alimentarius, which everyone should familiarise themselves with. . . the agenda.

Cathartes Aura's picture

she's been on the warpath for years - really great community there, love this:

Rebooting the System Infographic

take care.