Diners handed rare meat forms
17 March, 2002 03:33 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) - Some restaurants are forcing customers who like their meat rare to sign a disclaimer form before eating due to fears of E-coli and salmonella poisoning.
The Sunday Times said restaurants including food chains Planet Hollywood, All Bar One and Shoeless Joe's were prepared to serve rare hamburgers, sausages or minced beef only if diners complete forms giving up rights to take legal action.
People eating minced beef which is pink in the middle are much more likely to be poisoned by E-coli or salmonella.
The new practice has been blamed on advice from the government's food safety watchdog saying that minced meat should only be served when it is well-done.
The warning does not apply to ordinary steaks, because they only carry bacteria on the outside and this is killed by cooking.
Egon Ronay, the restaurant critic, attacked the disclaimers: "I don't know where it will all stop -- soon you might have to fill in a huge form before setting foot in a restaurant."