Two beef products off school dinner menus over horse meat fears
Leicestershire County Council has withdrawn two beef products from school dinners over fears they could contain horse meat.
Beef grill steaks and minced beef will no longer be served to youngsters after the council sought reassurances from its suppliers.
Tests are now under way to ensure the products contain only beef, following revelations that some products in the food chain contain horse meat.
In a statement, a county council spokesman said: "The vast majority of food supplied by the council's School Food Support Service is Red Tractor assured and we regularly seek assurances from suppliers to ensure they comply with legislation.
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"It's important to reassure parents that following this mis-labelling issue, we've sought and received further specific assurances from suppliers that their products do not contain horse meat.
"We're happy with the quality of all beef products on our menu except for two we have removed. These are products we buy which aren't processed on site by the supplier.
"Although they are produced within the UK, we're carrying out precautionary sampling and analysis to ensure that horse meat isn't contained within them. Until we know the outcome of these precautionary tests we have put a hold on using these products."
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.