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Farmers' union slams horsemeat in Lancashire school dinners
6:00pm Monday 18th February 2013 in News
THE Nationals Farmers’ Union has hit out at the revelation horsemeat was found in 47 school kitchens in Lancashire.
Fred Ollerton, NFU Lancashire county chairman said that although it appeared there had been no risk to food safety with the discovery of horse DNA in cottage pies, the County Council needed to act quickly.
He said: “Parents will be rightly shocked that meals served to their children in schools have been contaminated with horsemeat.
“Although, reassuringly, the council has stated that there are no food safety issues, this is a clear indication that something has gone wrong in the way it sources meals for the county’s schoolchildren.
“Lancashire County Council needs to take urgent action to make sure that all meals it sources come from safe, reliable, assured British farms.
“This is an ideal opportunity for the council to look to use locally sourced Red Tractor assured produce in all the meals it provides.”