Horsemeat Found In Schools, Pubs And Hotels
Horsemeat has been found in school dinners, pub meals and food prepared for hospitals in the UK, it has been revealed.
As the scandal widens, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) also said it had raided three more meat plants this week.
Lancashire County Council confirmed that horsemeat was detected in cottage pies it served at 47 schools.
The council said it has withdrawn the affected products from all of the schools' kitchens but refuses to say which ones served the contaminated meat.
Lancashire County Councillor Susie Charles said: "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."
It has also been revealed that catering company Compass and Whitbread, one of the UK's largest hospitality companies, detected horse DNA in their products.
Contaminated beef lasagne and burgers were sold at Whitbread companies Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Beefeater Grill and Table Table.
The firm said the products had been removed from their menus and will not be replaced until further testing has been carried out.
Compass, which operates across the UK and Ireland, said that sites where it operates had been supplied with burgers from Rangeland - an Irish processor found to have had two consignments of meat with horse DNA.
They company said: "This is totally unacceptable. We have informed all of the affected sites of these developments, explained the actions we have taken and issued unreserved apologies."
Compass said 13 sites in the Republic and 27 in Northern Ireland, including two secondary schools, were supplied with burgers from Rangeland, the 4oz Rangeburgers which have been found to contain 5-30% horse DNA.
The company has catering operations at 7,000 sites and that most of the sites using Rangeland product were offices.
None of the sites where food was withdrawn were hospitals or sporting venues, Compass confirmed.
Compass said it had withdrawn Rangeland produce on February 5, which included 180 cases of suspect burgers.
Officials have also said that burgers containing horsemeat had been supplied to hospitals in Northern Ireland.
Whitbread said they had sent 30 products to be tested and the company received the results on Thursday afternoon.
A spokesman said: "We are shocked and disappointed at this failure of the processed meat supply chain.
"As a responsible business we shall work with the FSA to implement a robust testing regime to avoid this happening in the future. We would like to sincerely apologise to our customers for any concerns or inconvenience that this may cause."
The news comes as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published the results of tests on all supermarket beef products, revealing that 29 of the 2,501 samples contained horsemeat.
There are around 900 more test results to be released, with the next batch to be revealed next Friday.
The agency's chief scientist, Andrew Wadge, told Sky News that he was reassured by the results so far, but retailers need to take responsibility.
The FSA said it had raided two plants in Tottenham, north London, and one in Hull, Yorkshire, on Thursday.
The agency said it had collected meat samples for testing, as well as computers and documentary evidence.
One of the plants raided in north London, Dinos & Sons Continental Foods, said it was "co-operating with local trading standards officers and the FSA".
"Dinos & Sons has been asked to clarify its position in respect of the transportation and storage of frozen beef that was imported by, and belonged to, a third party that the FSA is investigating.
"Dinos & Sons did not keep this frozen beef in the same premises as its own products and there was therefore no possibility of any cross-contamination.
"At no time has Dinos & Sons produced or manufactured anything that is under investigation or is the subject of any possible contamination or mislabelling.
"There is no suggestion whatsoever that Dinos & Sons manufacturing processes have been compromised in any way. Tests undertaken by independent laboratories on Dinos & Sons products have proved negative to date for any contaminants, including horse meat."
On Tuesday, authorities raided Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and Farmbox Meats in Llandre in Aberystwyth, West Wales.
Following the release of the FSA results, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the food industry has a lot of work to do in the wake of the scandal.
"It's wholly unacceptable that if people buy products marked beef, they turn out to be horsemeat," he said.
"That's why it was so important to undertake this intensive testing activity to gain a meaningful picture."
what do you think?
Looks like ive eaten horse insead of beef then. Must say my burgers were allways tastey
Same old stories trotted out all the time, I would have given good odds that this would happen , its like shutting the stable door after the horse has gone in my eyes!
There is a lot more mileage left in this scandal. I can live with eating a bit of horse but at least tell me what I am eating and charge me accordingly. I object to paying beef prices for something which contains of 50% of the cheaper horsemeat.
I'm surprised they've not tested baby food...Next?
Jasmin. It will come darlin and then watch the pressure on these companies get ramped up several notches
That was one of my main concerns :(
Hello Dave and Angharad, I've just been investigating. Apparently they've been testing baby food. Cow & gate which is part of the French based Danone have tested 14 lines. Heinz are testing too. They're continuing to keep the issue under close review.
I use Ella's kitchen. I like them cause they are organic and the packets aren't glass. Thankfully my son is a fish fiend so we don't generally buy the beef ones so fingers crossed :)
So it's massively widespread. We already knew that much of our food is adulterated with large quantities of salt, fat, sugar and water in order to cut production costs and increase profit margins. Fruit and vegetables are irradiated to prolong shelf life and preservatives, artificial colourings and nasty e-numbers are everywhere. And we wonder why cancer rates are always on the increase! I blame the culture of supermarkets and fast food that as been allowed to become predominate in our country. I am so glad I live in an area where some local food retailers can still supply real food.
So so true Brian. Unfortunately we live in a world where the driving force is capitalism.mass production of any items including food for the lowest possible cost and maximum profit. I've just read a book called cancer dying to know the truth.basically they don't want to cure cancer only treat it with drugs because they make hundreds of millions a year selling there treatments.
Here is my Pre Prepared Statement about this question/on this matter. I don't think its right Must be a conspiracy by the Mafia International problem Call me Dave," not infected" or likely to be. You lucky its only Horse Meat.????
I bet all the cows out grazing now are feeling pretty safe at the mo but not for long when the supermarkets up production of pure prime beef lasagne to restore public confidence
If there were drugs provided to horses (which prompted this investigation) which ended up slaughtered and then was put in baby food, the percentages which earlier were deemed high level but couldn't harm an adult would, I assumme, be harmful to babies? What about pet food as well?
Angela We need to be careful the press will run with this for many more furlongs whipping up hysteria to get a head in front of the competition. Once they start falling back they will pull up an wait for another day
Drug measurements are by body mass. Babies would eat a tiny portion of what an adult can. This means that their portion of the drug would be that much smaller. If there was 1 gram of drug in 100kg of horse then a baby would eat maybe 10 grams of horse which would be 0.001 grams. Not worth counting!
So what? It's all good. It's meat - it's edible. So what? I just don't get all this ridiculous fuss.
Sage ... The Media has told people to be outraged...BAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
This is known as the pursuit of profit. Our economic system and move towards deregulation encourage it.
Capitalism knows no bounds
SagePhotoWorld 10:23 PM on 15/2/2013 People are upset because this scandal has exposed widesread fraud affecting consumers and businesses. In addition to this is the almost certain possibility that the horse meat has not undergone the rigorous testing required for food to make sure it's fit for human consumption.
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