Government expects schools to have 'rigorous' food checks

A Government spokesman said schools and councils should be responsible for the food they serve:

Schools and councils have always been responsible for their food contracts.

We expect all schools to ensure they have rigorous procurement procedures in place.

If headteachers have any concerns they should contact their caterers or local authority immediately.

Earlier Downing Street had refused to comment on whether school dinners had been tested for horse DNA.