Chief responsible for quality in North Lincs Council school meals speaks about horse meat scandal
The chief executive of an organisation which provides a quality assurance for school meals provided by North Lincolnshire Council has spoken about the issues surrounding the horse meat scandal.
Red Tractor Assurance is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as the UK's leading quality food assurance mark.
Many of the products North Lincolnshire Council uses in its school meals carry the Red Tractor label.
CEO David Clarke is responsible for guaranteeing food safety, quality and traceability, on over £12billion worth of food products on our shelves.
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Mr Clarke said it was important that Red Tractor provided quality assurance.
He said: "It is a guarantee that the ingredients have come from British farms that we know about.
"Some local authorities have had sufficient foresight to have bought into Red Tractor early.
"If North Lincolnshire has bought in, then best of luck to them.
"We really do have a big opportunity to make it fair and for the farmers in your area, that is a really big opportunity for them."
North Lincolnshire Council provides more than 10,000 meals a day in more than 60 primary schools and nine secondary schools.