Beef case set to go ahead

A SCOTTISH hotelier who served beef on the bone could be the first to be prosecuted under safety regulations. The Procurator Fiscal in Selkirk is to proceed with the test case against Jim Sutherland, of The Lodge, Carfraemill. The case is to be heard in March and carries a maximum fine of pounds 5,000

Mr Sutherland organised the "First Prohibition Dinner" in December; diners were to have paid pounds 12 for slices of beef on the bone and trimmings. But the arrival of health inspectors forced a change of plan: it was decided to offer the meal free in a bid to sidestep any legal problems and Mr Sutherland, who is also a farmer, footed the pounds 2,000 bill.

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