Published: 19/02/2013 16:53 - Updated: 19/02/2013 17:07

Moray Council allays horse meat fears

Meat for school meals sourced locally
Meat for school meals sourced locally

PARENTS are being reassured over the integrity of school meals as the horse meat scandal continues.

While the majority of local authority’s have their meat supplied through a national procurement contract, the bulk of meat for Moray Council’s school meals service is sourced locally.

Councillor Fiona Murdoch, chair of the economic development and infrastructure services committee, said: "The majority of meat products for our school meals are fresh and are supplied under contract by a Moray firm of family butchers who source the meat locally.

"The only meat products brought in frozen are bacon and cooked diced chicken which are supplied under a national contract.

"Sourcing meat locally from reputable producers shortens the supply chain and makes any contamination much less likely.

"The council’s catering service takes great pride in supporting local producers and will continue to ensure that the school meals which are served up to hundreds of pupils every day are of the highest quality and contain only the best of ingredients."

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