Schools drop meat supplier

22 March 2013

A SUPPLIER of meat to the school-meals contractor for Westminster City Council has been dropped after tests ordered by the council found pork DNA in halal chicken sausages, and traces of lamb and pork in beef mince.

Two Church of England schools - Burdett-Coutts and Townshend Foundation, and St Mary's, Bryanston Square - were among 15 primaries affected.

The items were withdrawn from menus after Westminster ordered extra tests after the horse-meat scandal, a council spokesman confirmed. He said that the council regretted any distress caused to parents and pupils, and had offered to meet faith leaders.

The head teacher of Burdett-Coutts, the Revd John Hicks, said that parents were sent a text with accurate information on the day that the problem was discovered, and had been "very understanding". The contractor has volunteered to test random samples of the meat-free menu now being supplied.

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