Sheffield school burgers declared 'horsemeat-free'

Burgers have been put back on menus at Sheffield schools after tests showed they were clear of horse DNA, the city council said.

Last month, the council banned the use of all processed meat products in schools amid the scandal over mislabelled horsemeat.

It said all burgers would be made from "local meat and prepared on-site in school kitchens, where appropriate".

The authority said it took the safety of young people very seriously.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families said she had "every confidence in our school meals contractors and their selected suppliers".

"It's great to be able to reassure parents that the meals served have maintained the high standards we all demand and will continue to do so," she said.

The council said no other processed meat product would be reinstated on the menu.

Peter McGrath, general manager of Taylor Shaw, the council's school meals contractor, said: "We have now made the decision to make all beef burgers on our menus from scratch by the catering teams in the schools.

"This instruction has already gone out to all our teams in Sheffield and beyond."

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