Lamb curries and kebabs 'often another meat'

 
lamb curry Half the lamb curries tested in Birmingham were contaminated, said Which?

Related Stories

Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaways - usually curries or kebabs - were wrongly described.

The FSA said 25 of the samples were found to contain only beef, which is cheaper than lamb.

Chicken and turkey were also found, but no samples contained horsemeat.

Start Quote

There needs to be a renewed effort to tackle this problem”

End Quote Andrew Rhodes Food Standards Agency

As a priority, local authorities are now being asked to test 300 samples of lamb from takeaways, starting at the beginning of May.

Takeaway owners are also being warned that they can be fined up to £5,000 for mislabelling food.

"Prosecutions have taken place against business owners for mislabelling lamb dishes, but the recurring nature of the problem shows there needs to be a renewed effort to tackle this problem," said Andrew Rhodes, chief operating officer at the FSA.

"Clearly the message isn't getting through to some businesses," he added.

Members of the public share their views on meat contamination

'Fraud'

The consumer organisation Which? found an even higher instance of contamination, after a series of tests in London and Birmingham.

It found 40% of lamb takeaways contained other types of meat, with some containing no lamb at all.

Of 30 samples tested in Birmingham, 16 - more than half - contained other meat.

In a similar experiment in London, meat in eight of the samples was not pure lamb.

lamb curry The Elliott Review recommended the setting up of food crime unit

As part of its campaign to "Stop Food Fraud", Which? is now calling on the government to take further action to restore customer confidence in the origins of meat.

"The government, local authorities and the FSA need to make tackling food fraud a priority and take tougher action to crack down on the offenders," said Richard Lloyd, the executive director of Which?

Horsemeat

Which? also wants the government to implement some of the recommendations in the Elliott Review, which followed last year's horsemeat scandal.

In the UK, 17 different beef products were found to contain traces of horsemeat, while supermarkets including Tesco and Asda were forced to withdraw products.

Among Professor Elliott's 48 interim recommendations, he suggested setting up a food crime unit, to police food standards better.

Earlier this week, the FSA also announced a new round of testing on beef products, to check for horsemeat.

The tests have been ordered by the European Commission following last year's scandal.

 

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Comments

This entry is now closed for comments

Jump to comments pagination
 
  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 675.

    I manufacture kebabs.They traditionally are lamb, but you will find they consist primarily of beef/veal and a smaller proportion of lamb.This is due to the cost pressure we face, caused by you, the customer. Kebab prices have barely risen in recent years yet our costs have. Customers are not willing to pay decent
    (£8+), so what do you expect? They should be correctly labelled in any case.

  • rate this
    -2

    Comment number 658.

    If it's fit for human consumption then that's fine by me.

    It's less than ten years ago that you could get Beef and Lamb 'flavoured' buirgers that were 85% chicken with the proviso on the lable at least 5% Beef or Lamb. The other 1o% being rusk, bran or onion.

  • rate this
    +16

    Comment number 411.

    Unless you get your meat from a tried and tested butcher most of the meat you eat today is not what it seems.
    Biggest culprit is the junk food we feed our kids, chicken nuggets etc which is mechanically recovered skin grizzle fat and offal shaped and covered to look like the real thing, I would imagine a lot of take a way establishments are using goat instead of lamb,

  • rate this
    +10

    Comment number 398.

    This is a big concern. If we can't be sure of the types of meat in curries, it raises the question of other adulteration in our food supply. What is most unsettling is how casually this seems to be dealt with. What has really happened since the horsemeat scandal? And this story about takeaways was in the news over a year ago. Why hasn't it been dealt with properly? Close down fraudulent suppliers

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 237.

    The mis-labelling of food appears to be rife and the only way to eradicate it is by stinging the miscreants with heavy and exorbitant fines. No doubt some will say, well at least it's not horse!!

 

Comments 5 of 8

 

More Business stories

RSS

BBC Business Live

  1.  
    CAPITA EARNINGS 07:10:

    Capita says "underlying" profit before tax for the first six months of the year rose 16% to £238m. However, if you factor in things like acquisition costs and reductions in the value of its assets, it's a drop in profit to £152.3m from £157.5m. Still, dividend is up 10.3% to 9.6 p.

     
  2.  
    RUSSIAN SANCTIONS 06:51: BBC Radio 4
    Vladimir Putin

    More from Mr Grodzki on Russian sanctions: He says the Russian economy is very resilient to sanctions and Russia is virtually self-sufficient. It can sell its oil elsewhere in the world - it recently signed a deal with China - and he says France cancelling defence contracts may even boost the Russian economy and Russian jobs.

     
  3.  
    RUSSIAN SANCTIONS 06:41: BBC Radio 4

    Georg Grodzki has now popped up on the Today programme, again talking about sanctions against Russia. He says: "It's very difficult to impose sanctions on a country that needs healthy relations with the West less than the West needs healthy relations with it." He adds Russian can buys the goods they want to from elsewhere. They would prefer to buy goods from the West but if they can't, they will live with it, he says.

     
  4.  
    RUSSIAN BONDS 06:33: Radio 5 live

    Russia cancelled one of its weekly bond sales yesterday, its first in three months, citing "unfavourable market conditions." On 5 live we have Georg Grodzki, formerly of Legal & General, telling us why. Sometimes governments realise they don't need the money he says, but this time that isn't the case. Russia's borrowing costs, which are about 4.6% for five year bonds - already high - have only got worse in recent days, he says.

     
  5.  
    TAX 06:23: Radio 5 live

    "Everyone should pay taxes at a flat rate from the first dollar," says Arthur Laffer, a former adviser to Ronald Reagan on 5 live. People like to avoid tax, he says, and taxing everyone the same should help stop gaming the system, he says. Does that mean taxing the poor the same? Yes, he says. Do you reward tax dodgers then? "They pay the tax rather than doing the dodges," he says.

     
  6.  
    ROYAL MAIL 06:11: Radio 5 live

    James Bevan of CCLA Investment Management is back on 5 live talking this time about Royal Mail's performance. Their annual shareholder meeting is on Thursday and he wants to hear more about the French antitrust case they, TNT and FedEx are involved in. Royal Mail has received notice from French competition authorities over a possible breach of antitrust law by one of its subsidiaries, which could result in a fine for the recently privatised group.

     
  7.  
    TESCO SHARES 06:01: Radio 5 live

    Tesco shares were down yesterday, but when it was announced they were losing their chief executive, the shares rose. How come? James Bevan, chief investment officer at CCLA Investment Management is explaining what he thinks on 5 live. "When Philip Clarke was let go there was also a profit warning," he says. "For that to drive the share price up seemed absolutely mad."

     
  8.  
    06:00: Howard Mustoe Business reporter

    Hello! You can, as ever, get in touch with your views and experiences via email bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk and via twitter @BBCBusiness.

     
  9.  
    06:00: Matthew West Business Reporter

    Good morning everyone. We've had Microsoft second quarter earnings overnight - they were bad - as well as Apple - good- flights into Israel have been halted and there's a row over Russian sanctions to contend with. the morning is only just getting started.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.