British beef from cattle aged over 30 months is set to go on sale in supermarkets again next year after the government announced plans to abolish the Over Thirty Months Scheme.

The Food Standards Agency has advised ministers that the scheme is no longer proportionate to the risk posed by BSE in older cattle.

The scheme, which farmers have grown to hate, will be replaced by a nationwide scheme to test all cattle aged over 30 months for the disease.

The announcement came yesterday from the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

For more details see an update in this week’s issue of The Grocer, dated December 4.