PRIMARY and secondary schools have sent letters out to parents insisting their school dinners are free from horse meat.
Cheshire West and Chester Council, which is responsible for supplying school meals across the borough, has been assured by their suppliers that none of their products contain horse meat.
The news comes as schools send out letters and emails to parents reassuring them their children’s dinners are ‘fully traceable’ and provided by ‘main stream suppliers’ and ‘local butchers’. Chester University has also assured students over canteen meals.
Cllr Mark Stocks, executive member for education and children, said: “This authority is responsible for supplying school meals to 95% of primary schools and 70% of secondary schools throughout the borough.
“Those schools have been informed the council’s three Cheshire suppliers of fresh meat source their produce directly from local farms.
“Processed meat does not frequently feature on our menus. However we have had written assurances from our two suppliers – both highly reputable national companies – that they do not deal with any of the companies known to have supplied horse meat.”
But officers from CWaC will be targeting local premises where meat products are imported or held, to test the authenticity of beef products.