Pork found in halal sausages that may have been supplied to schools in Kilburn and Queen’s Park
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Tests by Westminster Council also reveal traces of pork and lamb in beef products
Traces of pork have been discovered in halal sausages which may have been supplied to schools and nurseries in Kilburn and Queen’s Park.
Westminster City Council has withdrawn all meat products supplied by their contractor Chartwells following the results of tests conducted in light of the horsemeat scandal.
According to the results, one sample of halal chicken sausages which may have been supplied to 19 schools and nurseries showed traces of pork.
Tests also showed a sample of non-halal lean mince beef supplied to a further 17 schools and nurseries contained traces of pork and lamb.
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In an email sent out to councilor from Mike More, chief executive of Westminster Council, which the Times has seen, he says an investigation has been launched.
He added: “Now the issue has been highlighted we can take positive action to prevent it happening again including regular testing of school meals.
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“New products will be tested before they appear on the school menu.”
Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the borough’s Labour Group, said any investigation must be thorough.
He added: “Many parents will feel badly let down by this news. There needs to be a full investigation into to how this happened and for how long Westminster schools have been supplied with halal chicken contaminated with pork.”
Andrew Christie, Westminster City Council’s Tri-borough director of children’s services, said: “We also understand and regret the upset that may have been caused to parents and children alike.
“We are contacting schools, parents and faith group leaders and are offering to meet them to discuss their concerns. “I can assure parents we will keep testing our school meals.”
He added that the Food Standards Agency had been notified.