Horse meat found in Leicestershire County Council's school food
Leicestershire County Council is permanently withdrawing a beef product from its school food menu after traces of horse meat were found in it.
Tests have showed that a variety of minced beef given to school children had less than a one per cent trace of horse DNA.
The product was taken off school menus during the half term holiday to await test results and will now be replaced by a different type of minced beef.
Wendy Philp, Leicestershire County Council's head of school food, said: “Following the outcome of the tests, we've moved quickly and taken prudent action and won't be using this product in the future.
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“We want to reassure parents that there is no health risk and that we’re satisfied with the quality of all the beef products we serve.
“The vast majority of food we supply is Red Tractor assured and we will continue to regularly seek assurances from our school food suppliers to ensure that they comply with legislation.”
The Red Tractor is a food assurance scheme which covers production standards developed by experts on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment.
All suppliers in the Red Tractor food chain are inspected and certified by an independent professional body to ensure that the food is safe and it is known where the raw ingredients come from.
The council's school food support service provides 22,000 meals to children at 244 schools across Leicestershire every day.