Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hearts ok’d for hamburger

Cow hearts can now be included in hamburger, according to new guidelines from the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.

It has always been legal to incorporate hearts and tongues, but for the last 40 years hamburger processors have heeded “policy memo 27” which prohibited heart and tongue.

It’s not clear what has happened to tongues.

Ironically, hamburger makers don’t need to declare that hearts are included in the mix, nor is there any limit on heart content.

But there is a requirement that if more than 25 per cent of the mix is cheek meat, it needs to be declared on the label.