Sir Merrick Cockell
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Horsemeat scandal: LGA rejects 'ridiculous' claims

17 February 2013 Last updated at 16:49 GMT

Local councils are to blame for driving down food quality with cheap food contracts for schools and hospitals, the boss of Iceland has said.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Malcolm Walker said the "problem really lies" with councils buying food from the poorly supplied catering industry.

But Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of Local Government Association, said that such a claim was "ridiculous".