Sheffield schools ban processed foods over horsemeat scandal

The use of processed meat products has been suspended at schools in Sheffield amid the scandal over mislabelled horsemeat.

Sheffield City Council said it had been given assurances by its suppliers but had stopped the use of all processed meat products as a precaution.

It said only six per cent of meals were pre-prepared as the majority of food used was prepared fresh each day.

The authority said it took the safety of young people very seriously.

In a statement the council and its school meals contractor, Taylor Shaw, said: "As a precaution we have taken the joint decision to suspend the use of all processed meat products in all school meals with immediate effect.

"We hope that this will reassure parents and carers who may have any reservations about their children's school meals.

"We are aware that the Food Standards Agency are carrying out urgent investigations into meat suppliers nationally and we will monitor any feedback from their investigations before considering the re-introduction of any processed meat products in our school meals, in the future."

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