Neath Port Talbot Council: No horse meat in your school dinners pledge
NEATH Port Talbot Council has reassured parents over the ongoing national horse meat scandal.
A range of low-cost food products have been found to contain traces of horse meat since it was found in Findus Foods beef lasagne.
The chief executive of supermarket chain Iceland, Malcolm Walker, claimed the problem was made worse by council's using cheap food from the poorly supplied catering industry.
But a spokesman for Neath Port Talbot Council has moved to allay parents' fears about the scandal – and confirmed that their none of their suppliers' products contain horse meat.
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"All contracts that involve the procurement of fresh, frozen and associated meat products are done through the Welsh Purchasing Consortium," the spokesman said.
"All suppliers are subject to independent food safety audits and we have been liaising regularly with contract leads regarding further updates on each food contract."
"Currently, all of Neath Port Talbot Council's suppliers have confirmed that none of their products contain horse meat and that neither of the sites recently implicated in Aberystwyth and Yorkshire are part of the supply chain.
"A number of products have been tested and no traces of horse meat have been found."
Carmarthenshire Council was unable to provide a response before the time of going to press.
Swansea Council would not provide a comment as a statement had been released by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)
Chief executive of WLGA Steve Thomas said: "Sadly, the remarks of Iceland's chief executive are essentially a smokescreen and a very crude attempt at buck passing.
"Last week the food retailing industry rightly stated its intent to set matters right.
"Peter Marks, the chief executive of the Co-operative supermarket group, gave an unreserved apology and honestly stated that "retailers have to take full responsibility for horse meat scandal" and must address the "breakdown in trust" with customers.
"The law is 100 per cent clear that it is the responsibility of the manufacturer, supplier and retailer to make sure the product they sell us is what they say it is."