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'Two-thirds of lamb kebabs contain other meats'

A graphic from Which? indicates widespread misadvertising of lamb kebabs. Credit: Which?

Forty percent of all lamb takeaways are 'contaminated' with other meats, according to a survey by consumer group Which?.

The research - timed to coincide with a similar study from the Food Standards Agency - showed that lamb kebabs were particularly affected, with 67% containing chicken and beef.

The watchdog said that, of 60 takeaway lamb curries and lamb kebabs tested in Birmingham and London, 24 were found to contain other meats, while seven were said to contain no lamb at all.

Which? is calling on the government, local authorities and the FSA to crack down on 'food fraud' in order to restore trust following last year's horsemeat scandal.

Watchdog slams 'shocking' food fraud

Bosses at consumer watchdog Which? today slammed test results which found more than two-thirds of lamb takeaway food in Birmingham were not pure lamb.

Executive director Richard Lloyd called on authorities to crack down on traders who mislead their customers over what they are eating.

More than a year on from the horse meat scandal, our research uncovers shocking evidence of food fraud.

The Government, local authorities and the FSA need to make tackling food fraud a priority and take tougher action to crack down on the offenders.

This is vital to restoring trust in the industry, which is not only good for consumers but good for businesses too.

– Richard Lloyd, Which?


Shocking food test results expose 'lamb' takeaway fraud

Shocking food test results today revealed that more than two-thirds of lamb takeaways in Birmingham are not pure lamb - with some containing absolutely no lamb whatsoever.

Consumer watchdog Which? found that of the 30 samples taken in the city, 16 had other meats thrown into the mix - while five contained no lamb at all.

Investigators took 30 samples of lamb takeaway in Birmingham Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

The second city fared significantly worse than London, where investigators found just two of the 30 samples taken contained no meat, and eight which had other meats mixed in.

Even more worrying, the meat in five of the samples containing no lamb could not even be identified - meaning it had probably been badly overcooked or repeatedly re-cooked.


A rise in number of women butchers

As part of National Butchers Week ITV News Central has been talking to staff at Walter Smith butchers. They have 17 stores across the region.

They are reporting a significant increase in the number of customers coming into their stores, which they attribute to the horsemeat scandal.

Women butchers are now also a key part of their business.

Teressa Malsbury explains that women butchers are more involved now than they ever were before.

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Horsemeat found in school dinners in Leicestershire

Horsemeat has been found in minced beef served in school dinners in Leicestershire. Leicestershire County Council says tests show the beef contained less than 1% trace of horse DNA and has been permanently removed from school menus:

We want to reassure parents that there is no health risk and that we're satisfied with the quality of all the beef products we serve.

The vast majority of food we supply is Red Tractor-assured and we will continue to regularly seek assurances from our school food suppliers to ensure that they comply with legislation.

– Leicestershire County Council
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