Connoisseurs of Scotch Beef (a protected designation of geographical origin under Regulation 2081/82) may be interested to know that its legal specification has changed. Under Commission Regulation 1215/2004 of 30 June 2004, the cattle from which Scotch Beef is produced can no longer qualify as Scottish by those animals fortunate enough to spend just three short months north of the border before they are slaughtered: they must now be born, bred and permanently resident there or they won't be Scotch. the new Regulation also provides that, after death, they may be sold as Scotch Beef even if they are frozen.

The IPKat guesses that this will decrease his chance of getting a good chunk of Scotch Beef for dinner still further. He also wonders how farmers might designate whose animals would have previously qualified to be labelled as Scotch Beef but longer do so. Could butchers sell them off as "Formerly Scotch Beef", for example?

The joys of bonnie Scotland: Scotch Beef, Scotch Whisky and Scotch mist
Not so Scottish: Scotch tape, Scotch Corner, Scotch egg
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