Meat tests clear but it’s off the menu

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THERE is no contaminated meat in West Lothian schools but frozen beef has been taken off the menu as a precaution.

A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “Currently there is no evidence to suggest any of the implicated meat products have been supplied to West Lothian schools or other council facilities. We are continuing to monitor any new developments and stress that we will continue to maintain high standards in all aspects of our catering.”

He added: “We are following advice from Scotland Excel who has recommended that all councils in Scotland take a precautionary approach and suspend further use of all frozen beef products, including frozen mince, until further detailed investigations are completed. Scotland Excel has emphasised that this is a purely precautionary measure.

“However, we are continuing to closely monitor the situation and will keep stakeholders informed of all new information that arises and ensure that any further precautionary measures are put in place, if required. We will also continue to liaise with the Food Standards Agency regarding all the latest available advice and information.”

Scotland Excel develops and manages collaborative food and drink contracts on behalf of councils, including West Lothian Council.