New rules for the labelling of prepared meats tabled by Brussels will force processed meat manufacturers to state clearly on labels any ingredients which are not pure meat and the percentage of such ingredients in the product. The definition of meat' excludes "mechanically separated meat", which in future will have to be labelled separately and cannot form part of the meat content of any products in which it occurs. The new directive will restrict the definition of meat only to the skeletal-attached muscles. Other parts of animals for human consumption, such as offal or fat, will now have to be labelled as such and not as "meat". However, there is provision for a certain part of the fat content, where it adheres to the muscles, to be treated as meat. The only current official definition of meat makes no distinction between muscle-meat, fat and offal. {{M/E MEAT }}