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Horse meat found in cottage pie sent to Lancashire schools
TRACES of horsemeat DNA have been found in cottage pie which went to 47 school kitchens across Lancashire, it has emerged.
Provisional results of the tests on a pre-prepared cottage pie from an external supplier were reported last night.
County analysts in Preston have been involved in testing beef products on behalf of the Food Standards Agency.
County council caterers submitted a range of beef products from its suppliers to be analysed by the authority’s scientific service.
County councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, said: "We share the concerns people have about what is clearly a major problem in food supplies across the UK and Europe.
“Because of those concerns we decided to seek extra assurance that our external suppliers were not providing any products containing horsemeat DNA, and one of the products has returned a positive result.
“Relatively few schools in Lancashire use this particular product but our priority is to provide absolute assurance that meals contain what the label says – having discovered this one doesn't, we have no hesitation in removing it from menus.
“This does not appear to be a food safety issue but I've no doubt parents! will agree we need to take a very firm line with suppliers and it is a credit to our officers that we have been able to quickly identify the problem and take the product off the menus.”