Initial tests show no traces of horsemeat in Worcestershire school meals

Initial tests on school meals in Worcestershire have found no traces of horsemeat.

The county council's specialist scientific services have been checking meals meet the required standard.

The scandal has resulted in a number of products being taken off supermarket shelves after they were found to be contaminated. The council says it will have the full results of the samples tested next week.

A decision was taken earlier this week to proactively test meal samples from a number of schools throughout Worcestershire and we expect to have the full results of this exercise next week.

The analysis on the initial samples are complete and Worcestershire Scientific Services can confirm that of the 8 samples so far tested, all are negative for equine (horse) DNA.

– Paul Hancock, Worcestershire County Council's Public Analyst and Scientific Advisor for Scientific Services