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The London Evening Standard reports that the British city of Westminster has imposed a ban on the sale of all rare and medium rare hamburgers by restaurants, saying that food safety issues made the regulation necessary.

The story says that the Westminster City Council is prepared to order random inspections of local establishments; there is resistance to the rule in the restaurant community there because of fears that the rule could hurt the burger business and be expanded to include how other foods are cooked.

"You’re opening a Pandora’s box," one chef told the paper, "because where do you finish? Steak tartare, runny eggs … the list is endless."

Westminster is in Central London, near Parliament. It is believed by some that if the Westminster ban stands, it could be imposed in other parts of the country.
KC's View:
It has been decades since Britain saw a Mad Cow Disease outbreak, and they choose to impose this rule now?

I have to admit that over the years, I've had enough exposure to food safety issues that I've moved from eating rare and medium rare burgers to having them medium. (Michael Sansolo insists that I'm even playing with fire by having them cooked medium, but I just can't go any farther than that.) But I'm just not sure that an outright ban is necessary ... it just seems a little draconian.

Is this food safety run amok? Or just a modern reality, instituted because we know more than we used to about such things? Not sure, but I'm keeping an open mind ... even while order my burgers medium.