All-clear in horse meat tests


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HORSE meat has not been found in Meals on Wheels for the elderly, North Somerset Council has confirmed, but it did not carry out testing on school dinners.

A number of UK supermarkets withdrew products from their shelves after it was revealed they contained horse and pig meat. Although horse meat itself is not dangerous, there are fears that harmful veterinary drugs could make it into the food chain.

A council spokesman said: “We will not be doing any specific testing, but we are checking the provenance of food. The main contractors for school meals do not use frozen meat and source as much as they can locally.”

Apetito, the suppliers for Meals On Wheels, did carry out testing, and these had all been negative for horse meat, but it did not test for any other animal DNA.

Somerset County Council also confirmed it had not found any horse meat in its school meals.

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