‘Not a trace’ of horse DNA in Sheffield school meals

Dinner is served at Athelstan Primary School, Sheffield.
Dinner is served at Athelstan Primary School, Sheffield.
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BURGERS are back on school dinner menus in Sheffield - after tests on processed meat served to pupils uncovered not a single trace of horse DNA.

Sheffield Council and school meals contractor Taylor Shaw banned all processed meats from school dinners two weeks ago following the national scandal about traces of horse meat being found in beef products.

testing has since shown no traces of horse meat in any food – halal and non-halal - served to Sheffield’s school children.

But to prevent any future risk to children, it has been decided that all burgers will be made from freshly-sourced local meat and, where appropriate, prepared on-site in school kitchens.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “We have every confidence in our school meals contractors and their selected suppliers, but we take the safety of the young people in our schools very seriously.

“It’s great to be able to reassure parents that the meals served have maintained the high standards we all demand and will continue to do so.”