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Suffolk: Assurances over safety of school lasagnes

PUBLISHED: 07:30 13 February 2013

Reassurance over quality of beef products served in our schools

Reassurance over quality of beef products served in our schools

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SUPPLIERS of school meals in the county today remain confident no horse meat has found its way into their products – and say they can trace all the ingredients.

School meals in Suffolk – and food at county council staff dining areas – are provided by Eastern Facilities Management Solutions, a company owned by the county council. The school meals are supplied through its EATS (East Anglian Tastes for Schools) brand, and Clive Hammond from EFMS said few prepared meals were bought in.

He said: “We make our own lasagne, bolognese and any meat pies from producers we can trace. They are members of the Red Tractor scheme.

“They are now checking again their supply chains, but we are confident all the meat is grown locally, not brought in from outside food processors.”

The only burgers supplied to schools were pork and apple products supplied by local producers Wickes Farm.

Mr Hammond said: “We are confident that nothing we produce has come from sources we cannot trace – and the same applies to all staff restaurants and other catering.”

A toddler has been rushed to hospital after a serious crash in Barningham this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses after three women had their purses stolen from supermarkets in the Ipswich and Martlesham areas on Tuesday.

Callum Connolly and Dominic Iorfa visited East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices shop in Ipswich today to help launch the Bag It, Bring It Boost It campaign.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner is proposing an increase in the force’s council tax precept of 6.8% – which will add an average of £12 a year to the overall council tax bill of each household in the county.

The resignation of the region’s ambulance trust’s medical director has been announced just a day after it was alleged 20 people died waiting for help whilst the service was stretched.

Paramedics treated two women for minor injuries after a crash in west Suffolk this morning.

A landlord who had tenants living in an overcrowded Tiptree flat with mould and poor sanitation has been ordered to pay more than £10,000.

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