Frozen beef’s off the menu

Lancashire schools will no longer be serving frozen.
Lancashire schools will no longer be serving frozen.
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FROZEN beef products are no longer being supplied to Lancashire schools.

It comes after tests revealed a second processed beef meal supplied to county schools tested positive for horse DNA.

The news comes as furniture giant Ikea announced horse DNA had been discovered in a batch of its traditional meatballs by Czech authorities.

The single batch has been removed from sale.

Before the February half-term, Lancashire County Council withdrew a pre-prepared cottage pie from 49 primary schools after its own lab tests proved positive for traces of horse meat. Now a Halal Beefburger, available at four schools in Lanchashire, has also been withdrawn.

The council has also removed a Halal lamb burger, manufactured on the same premises as the beefburger, from its menus.

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 horse meat in two products which were supposedly 100 per cent beef. 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.”

All frozen products that contain processed beef will be taken off the menu with immediate effect.

As only one batch of meatballs is thought to have been affected in the horse meat scandal, the Swedish company intents to continue selling the popular food product pending further tests.

A spokesman said the firm had carried out its own tests on all Ikea meat products, when 12 different meatballs samples showed no traces of horse meat.

“It is now carrying out further tests on the meatballs.

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