Horsemeat found in mince destined for schools

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Beef meals have been taken off the menu of 17 schools in Northamptonshire after traces of horsemeat were found in a supplier's beef mince.

Northamptonshire County Council said it took the precautionary measure when horsemeat was detected in one of 10 tests on frozen minced beef.

It said the tests were carried out nationally and a sample was not taken from beef within Northamptonshire.

The supplier had given assurances that its beef was clear, the council said.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said the council was advised of the findings on Friday afternoon.

"We understand these tests relate to a later supply of beef mince following an earlier written assurance by our supplier that all beef products had been fully tested and were cleared," Mr Grant said.

"As a precaution, we have removed beef products from the menus of these 17 schools."

The council's staff canteens are served by the same supplier. Beef products have also been removed from its menus.

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