Beef has been removed from school meals across Staffordshire as a precautionary measure amid the horsemeat scandal.
Staffordshire County Council, which provides meals to 87% of its schools, said there was no suggestion there had been a problem with contamination. In the meantime, pupils are being served other meats such as turkey.
The County Council said the move was a precaution and added “normal school menus” were likely to return after next week’s half-term break. Several processed meat products have been withdrawn from sale across the UK after horsemeat was detected.
Mark Winnington, the council’s Cabinet Member the Environment, said. “We have every confidence in our suppliers, however while this story continues to be in the news it seemed sensible to offer an alternative meal, where beef is not Farm Assured and sourced in the UK.
“As a council, we are committed to promoting and using local produce as much as possible and are currently expanding a pilot scheme in schools where only meat from Staffordshire farms is used and this is being rolled out across the county.
“While there is absolutely no suggestion that there is any problem with any of the beef supplied we wanted to take a belt and braces approach, but expect beef to be back on the menu after half-term.”