Frozen beef withdrawn from schools

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FROZEN beef is off the menu at Fylde Coast schools after a second meat product tested positive for horsemeat.

Before the February half-term, a pre-prepared cottage pie, used in 10 per cent of Lancashire’s primary schools, tested positive for horse DNA. Now the council says a Halal beef burger, available a four schools in the county, have also been confirmed to contain horsemeat.

Lancashire County Council has now suspended the supply of all frozen processed meat products to all schools in Lancashire, as well as a Halal lamb burger, manufactured at the same premises as the beefburger, as a precaution.

The products were used at county secondary school.

County council leader Geoff Driver said: “I hope that parents and children can be reassured by the advice that this isn’t a food safety issue, however it is frankly appalling that we have found horsemeat in two products which were supposedly 100 per cent beef.

“These products came from manufacturers who not only carry all the correct certification but who also recently provided us with written assurances their products did not contain horsemeat.

“Under the circumstances, with children returning from their half term break today, we feel we have no choice but to withdraw all frozen processed beef products as a precaution until the food industry and regulators do something to restore confidence in what people are being fed.”

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