Horsemeat: School meal tests

Contamination tests on meat supplied to more than 200 schools in Kent have been ordered by the county council.

Council wants school meals tested for horsemeat

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Checks are to be made on the content of school dinners supplied to hundreds of children in the South East - to see if the food contains horsemeat.

Kent County Council wants food distributed to 200 of its schools examined. While education officials in both Sussex and Essex want their suppliers to give them detailed information about how their meat is sourced. It will take up to six weeks for the results of the tests to come through.

It is unclear tonight what action is being taken by many schools outside local authority control. David Johns reports. His interviewees are Headteacher Tanya O'Connor, Councillor Mike Whiting from Kent County Council, and Julian Rutherford - a school meals supplier.

Meat in schools tested for contamination

Contamination tests on meat supplied to more than two hundred schools in Kent have been ordered by the county council.

It follows the discovery of BRITISH horse meat in burgers and kebabs during police raids in the north of England.

In Sussex and Essex, education chiefs are asking key suppliers for information on how their meat is sourced.

We spoke to Cllr Mike Whiting from Kent County Council.

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