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School caterers ‘confident’ about meat supplies


The body which represents many school caterers in the UK says it is confident about the meat served in school lunches despite the horsemeat scare.

09 February 2013

The body which represents many school caterers in the UK says it is confident about the meat served in school lunches despite the horsemeat scare. It says there are "strict guidelines" on food safety, including the tracing of ingredients.

The Food Standards Agency has told British food producers and retailers to test their processed beef products for horsemeat by the end of next week. It follows the discovery of horsemeat in some foods meant to contain beef. Food and farming minister David Heath says, until the tests are complete, he cannot rule out the possibility that horsemeat is being served in schools and hospitals. But the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) said a survey it carried out last week after the first horsemeat scare showed no links between school caterers and suppliers involved in the food scare. A spokeswoman said the group was "as certain as anyone could be" that school caterers in its group had not received supplies from the companies involved.

According to the School Food Trust, recent tightening of regulations over nutritional standards in England has meant that schools are less likely to use processed meat.

Source: BBC News online

Incensu says:

Schools will need to be guided by their catering organisations, the School Food Trust and the Food Standards Agency.

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