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Parents shocked after horsemeat dinners discovery

Parents in Bath say they're shocked after discovering their children have been served horsemeat in their school dinners.

Many headteachers and parents were told last night that minced beef served in lunches at more than 50 schools run by Bath and North East Somerset Council had tested positive for traces of equine meat.

Laura Makin-Isherwood reports:

Horse meat found in BANES school meals

Tests have confirmed that beef mince used for school meals in Bath and North East Somerset in December contained horsemeat.

The meat came from the supplier Welsh Bros Foods. 49 primary schools and 10 early years centres used the mince.

The council has now withdrawn all products from the supplier and beef mince has been removed from school menus.

The Food Standards Agency says there's no evidence of any risk to consumers.

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Abattoir owner speaks out about bute findings

The owner of a Somerset abattoir business caught up in the horsemeat scandal has denied doing anything wrong.

Tests revealed horses slaughtered by Stephen Potter contained a potentially harmful painkiller. He claims carcasses were being passed off as beef as long as 12 months ago and that a complete overhaul of the system which regulates the industry is needed.

Full report: Schools reassure parents in the wake of the horsemeat scare

Schools have today tried to reassure parents about the safety of pupils' meals in the wake of the horsemeat scare. In Bristol, some meals have been removed from the menu in secondary schools, as what the supplier calls "a precaution".

Meanwhile a food processing plant in the city has restarted full production after one of its products was withdrawn by Asda. Watch Bob Constantine's report.

Production re-starts at factory

The supplier of a supermarket bolognese sauce, which was taken off the shelves last week because it contained horse DNA, has re-started full production at its Bristol base after a "deep-clean" over the weekend.

Greencore, which makes convenience foods for supermarkets, has said all other products from the factory have tested negative.

The company has launched a full investigation into how the ASDA sauce contained nearly 5 per cent horse DNA.

FULL REPORT: Contaminated beef products at Bradley Stoke factory

Traces of horse DNA have been found in beef products made at a food factory near Bristol. A bolognese sauce made by Greencore of Bradley Stoke for Asda has been removed from supermarket shelves.

The company says the meat was supplied by a firm in Ireland and "it's extremely concerned that quality may have been affected". As concern increases, family butchers report growing demand for locally-sourced fresh meat. Bob Constantine reports.

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