Pork DNA found in primary school halal products
Pork DNA has been discovered in halal sausages at a central London primary school.
The halal chicken sausages, which were being served to children at a Westminster primary school, were confirmed to contain pork DNA by Westminster Council.
Samples of halal chicken sausages were taken from St Mary’s Bryanston Square, which is a Church of England school, and tests revealed that they contained pork DNA.
Tests on products from Burdett Coutts School also revealed the presence of lamb and pork DNA in lean minced beef products.
According to the local authority the items have been removed from all school meals and the schools were asked not to use their meat suppliers.
Westminster Council took seven samples from three schools at the end of February, in light of the horsemeat issue, and alerted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the results on Monday.
A council director said Westminster Council was concerned by the discovery that a contractor had fallen short of standards.
The director said that the contractor, Chartwells, they use to supply the school has been asked to no longer use its meat supplier involved.
Chartwells has said that their meat supplier has taken full responsibility for the breach in the supply chain, who said the products came from a third supplier.
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