Beef is taken off the menu after horse DNA found

EAST Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire councils have removed frozen beef products from menus after horse DNA was found in a burger.

A burger containing horse DNA was discovered in Cumbernauld High School last week.

All Scottish local authorities have been advised not to use any current stocks they hold of frozen beef products or order any new stocks until the outcome of further investigations.

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “It is simply unacceptable to the council that a supplier would supply a product containing horse DNA to one of our schools.

“We will continue discussions with Scotland Excel with a view to ensuring we are satisfied with the integrity of food supplied to us.

“In the meantime, we have removed all frozen beef products from our menus across all our premises. We will continue to carry out additional testing in the coming days.”

Grace Irvine, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of assets and property services, said: “The council has placed a hold on the use of all frozen beef burger products currently stored within our catering premises on the advice of our procurement agency, Scotland Excel.

“We await further instruction from Scotland Excel pending their investigations.”

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