Earlier this week parents had been assured that processed meat products had no risk to children in Wrexham’s schools, however yesterday ‘beef’ burgers were pulled from the menu.
We attempted to find out more from Wrexham Council yesterday, however received the following statement this morning, so although it refers to today, it really means yesterday:
“Wrexham County Borough Council’s School Catering team has taken the decision to remove beef burgers from today’s menu following a recommendation by the Food Standards Agency to it’s supplier on Tuesday afternoon. This was done as a precautionary measure. The beef burgers in question are a new product to WCBC School Catering Service and have never been served on our menu previously. All of the beef burgers have been returned to the supplier and will not be used. The School Catering team has also received a certificate from the supplier which shows that the beef burgers it supplied are not contaminated.”
“The decision to remove these beef burgers from today’s menu was taken in response to the very latest information that the Council has and it is keen to reassure pupils and parents about the quality of school meals. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep all our schools, parents and pupils informed of any future developments.”
A Powys based company produces the burgers, saying about their burgers that they “Are sourced from approved suppliers that continually surpass industry standards. All meat used to make this succulent steak burger is sourced from approved UK or Irish herds that care for animal welfare and have sustainable herds.”
It is believed the initial source of the meat is Farmbox Meats, the Aberystwyth based company that has recently been raided by the Food Standards Agency.
Wrexham.com contacted the FSA however we are still awaiting the promised call back.