Hull and East Riding Councils assured school meals don't contain horse meat
SUPPLIERS to East Yorkshire schools have offered assurances that children's meals do not contain horse meat.
Hull and East Riding Councils contacted their suppliers to seek assurances in the wake of the growing horse meat scandal.
More than ten million products have been removed from supermarket shelves nationally following the discovery of horse DNA in Irish-made beef burgers last month.
Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland and Findus have all had to withdraw processed beef products because of the undetected horse meat they contained.
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On Wednesday, wholesaler Makro was the latest company to be affected.
Now, Hull and East Riding councils have revealed they have had assurances the food children are eating at school does not contain horse meat.
Ian Anderson, the city council's town clerk, said: "Hull City Council has obtained assurances from our sole supplier, which has statements from their suppliers, to verify that the meat used in school meals does not contain horse DNA."
East Riding Council contacted each of their suppliers and asked for written confirmation the meat used to make its school meals did not contain horse.
A spokesman said: "Written confirmation has been received from all our meat suppliers that they comply with all current regulations and that they do not process or use equine meat in their products.
"However, this refers solely to local authority establishments that purchase from council-approved food suppliers and does not include establishments such as academy schools, PFI schools and schools and other services that procure their own food and drink."
As the scandal over the discovery of horse meat intensifies, companies have been asked by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to carry out tests on a range of products to establish the extent of the contamination.
Two meat-processing plants were temporarily shut down by the FSA amid claims they supplied and used horse carcasses in burgers.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has indicated the rules will now be tightened.
A spokesman said: "Once we have established the full facts, we will take what ever action necessary so this unacceptable situation cannot happen again."