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Mechanically Separated Meat (MSM)

The use of MSM produced using techniques that do not alter the structure of the bones used in the production of MSM and the calcium content of which is not significantly higher than that of minced meat is permitted in meat products if the FBO has carried out analyses demonstrating that MSM complies with the microbiological criteria for minced meat as set out in Regulation (EC) 2073/2005.

MSM not shown to comply with the above criteria may be used only to manufacture heat-treated meat products in establishments approved in accordance with Regulation (EC) 853/2004.

The use of MSM produced using techniques other than those mentioned above may only be used to manufacture heat-treated meat products in establishments approved in accordance with Regulation (EC) 853/2004.

Last reviewed: 13/3/2009

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