Minimum Meat Content Requirements

8 months ago | 1 min

Please note:

  • X is used to refer to a specific type of meat, such as beef in beef burgers, pork in pork pies, etc 
  • meat content for numbers 7-13 should be calculated by reference to the weight of uncooked ingredients 
  • ‘meat’ includes cured meat

Name of product

Pork only

Birds and rabbits only

Beef, lamb and other species, or other mixtures of meat

Type of meat used

1. burger

67%

55%

62%

if described as an X burger, the amount of X must be at least equal to the minimum required meat content

2. economy burger

50%

41%

47%

if described as an X economy burger, the amount of X must be at least equal to the minimum required meat content

3. hamburger

67%

N/A

62%

all pork, all beef or a mixture of pork and beef

4. chopped X

75%

62%

70%

N/A

13. pasty, pastie, bridie, sausage roll

6%

6%

6%

No additional requirement

14. pork sausage (but not pork liver sausage or pork tongue sausage), pork link, pork chipolata, pork sausage meat

42%

N/A

N/A

No additional requirement

15. sausage (but not liver sausage or tongue sausage), link, chipolata, sausage meat

32%

26%

30%

No additional requirement

For further examples, including meat pies, refer to schedule 1 of The products containing Meat etc (England) Regulations 2014

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