UPDATED: Assurances over quality of school, college and pensioner meals in North Lincolnshire
Parents and children should remain confident with the school meals provided by North Lincolnshire Council, bosses at the authority have said.
North Lincolnshire Council has also confirmed it has no links with Paragon Quality Foods, based in Doncaster which has confirmed some of the products it had sold had been found to contain horsemeat.
A council spokesperson said: "All of our suppliers operate under the Food Standards Agency (FSA)/Farm Assured and the FSA has issued a statement indicating that these products are not affected.
"Parents and children should remain confident with the school meals provided by the council.
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"The current food scare is having an effect across the whole of the food industry, however, our suppliers have had their products tested and confirmed that they are not involved in the current food scare.
"Meals on Wheels have had assurances from their suppliers and have seen copies of tests that have been carried out.
"Therefore the public can be confident with our meals services.
"Crises that spread so rapidly always have an effect; however, we are in a strong position compared to some local councils as all the products we serve are FSA compliant and as a result are unaffected."
North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe has confirmed that no horse meat is being used in its food.
The college has issued a statement with Caterlink, its on-site catering company, saying:
“'Caterlink at North Lindsey College can confirm we do not use any meat based product from Findus and other suppliers currently associated with the on-going FSA investigation.
“Caterlink is proud of our farm to fork journey which enables that we can trace the origin of our freshly prepared meat dishes to the farm where the animals are reared. All our suppliers are audited by an external body to ensure that they comply with our and statutory obligations.”
The statement was published on the North Lindsey College Facebook page in light of the widespread investigation into horse meat being served in school.