An exclusive investigation by Granada Reports has revealed horse DNA was found in cottage pies delivered to 47 schools in Lancashire.
Granada's Programme Editor Andrew Rigby was caught in the M6 snow chaos. Here he describes his nightmare journey home.
Tour de France cycling champion Bradley Wiggins has been released from hospital after a collision with a van yesterday evening.
Lancashire County Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children and schools, has said they had sought extras assurance that its external suppliers were not providing any products containing horse DNA.
Testing had returned one positive result, she said.
Relatively few schools in Lancashire use this particular product but our priority is to provide absolute assurance that meals contain what the label says - having discovered this one doesn't, we have no hesitation in removing it from menus.
This does not appear to be a food safety issue but I've no doubt parents will agree we need to take a very firm line with suppliers and it is a credit to our officers that we have been able to quickly identify the problem and take the product off the menus.
Lancashire County Councillor Susie Charles
– Lancashire County Council
Lancashire County Council has withdrawn a beef product from school kitchens after it provisionally tested positive for traces of horse DNA.
The provisional results of the tests on a pre-prepared cottage pie from an external supplier were reported late yesterday evening, February 14, and have been passed onto the Food Standards Agency.
Cottage pie that was delivered to 47 schools in Lancashire has tested positive for horse DNA.
The product has now been withdrawn from kitchens.
Officials at Lancashire County Council say the amount of horse consumed by the children will have been 'minute.'
Analysts at one of six laboratories in the country doing the FSA's tests discovered the contaminated product late yesterday.
Scientists uncovered equine DNA at 0.1% concentration in samples.
Headteachers have been alerted.
A van driver who knocked Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins off his bike has accepted the offer of a driver awareness course.
The 32-year-old athlete spent a night in hospital following the accident near his home in Eccleston, Lancashire, last November, while he was on a training run.
The four-time Olympic champion was treated for a bruised hand and ribs.
After a formal interview, the van driver, Cath Burrows, 44, was summonsed by Lancashire Police over driving without due care and attention.
It has emerged she has agreed to complete a driver awareness course.
A police spokeswoman said it considered the matter had been dealt with.
A dentist who knocked down and killed man in Padiham seconds after sending a text, has been given a suspended sentenced of 40 weeks.
Kay Nolan knocked down dad-of-two Stuart Mather in her Honda Jazz, while he was walking his dog in 2011.
Nolan, who's from Thornton-in-Craven near Skipton in North Yorkshire, admitted causing the 60-year-old's death by careless or inconsiderate driving.
She wrote the text message while parked in a layby but only sent it once she had set off again.
Labour's Clive Grunshaw was voted the new commissioner for Lancashire following a second count.
He secured 79,790 votes against his opponent Tim Ashton (Conservative) who polled 73,262.
Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins was "looking forward to getting back on the bike" as he continued to recover from injuries sustained in a road accident.
The 32-year-old athlete spent a night in hospital in Preston after he a van collided near his home in Lancashire on Wednesday night.
Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has apologised for gesturing at the media as he arrived home from hospital yesterday afternoon. The Tour de France and Olympic hero will return to hospital on Monday to undergo further X-rays on his fractured rib.
He is also suffering from a bruised lung and dislocated finger, and is being monitored by medical staff. Wiggins thanked the public for their support. In an statement on the Team Sky cycling site he said:
"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages over the last 48 hours, and of course all the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who looked after me so well."
“Although I’m still a little bit sore I will now be spending time at home with my family and concentrating on making a full recovery."
“I would also like to apologise for the gesture that I made when I arrived home yesterday afternoon. I was tired, in a lot of pain, and just wanted to get inside, but I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did. I’m sorry for that."