So far, however, it has hardly been possible to determine whether a product contains mechanically separated meat or not. However, this is now possible thanks to a new method. So far, however, all affected companies have denied the allegations. They criticize the new method as unreliable and point out that the markers used are also found in other parts of meat.
Nevertheless, the authorities are interested. Matthias Denker, Head of Department at the State Office for Food Safety in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, says: “It seems to me to be very future-oriented. Not all manufacturers are black sheep, but if we can provide proof, then something like this might disappear very quickly.”
According to the EU Food Information Regulation, the accused face a fine of up to 50,000 euros. If the practice is not changed afterwards, significantly higher penalties could follow.