Horse meat scandal: Nottingham City Council checks for contamination
CHECKS for horse meat are being carried out on food provided by Nottingham City Council.
Environmental health officers from the council are carrying out the checks following the controversy which has rocked the food industry in recent weeks.
The council has not confirmed exactly what food is being checked, but it provides food for some schools, day centres and residential homes.
Over the weekend, it was reported nationally that horse meat contamination may have found its way into school meals and hospital food across the country. It comes after the discovery of horse meat in some supermarket meals – including frozen lasagnes.
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Tesco and Aldi are among the stores that have withdrawn products from sale.
The Food Standards Agency has asked 28 local authorities across the country to carry out checks on their food.
Nottingham is not one of them, but has decided to carry out its own checks anyway.
City council leader Jon Collins said: "We are aware of the issue and our environmental health officers are carrying out extra checks. We are doing more and going back and talking to producers.
"One of the challenges I am told is it's very difficult to get tests done at the moment. Obviously they are outsourced and there are only a limited number of places tests can be done in the country."
Meanwhile Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said it was confident its food was not contaminated.
A spokesman said: "Our meat is sourced from local and sustainable farms. We do not use frozen meat and are accredited by the Soil Association."