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Horsemeat: Investigations underway into meat products supplied in Devon

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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Investigations into meat products supplied in Devon are being carried out on behalf of the county council.

Devon County Council today confirmed investigations were being conducted by officers from its Trading Standards Team.

The council confirmed it had received no requests from public bodies in the region to investigate any suppliers, but said it was actively supporting the Food Standards Agency.

The council said schools in the region make their own catering arrangements, apart from those which use Devon Norse.

Devon Norse provides over 15,000 meals a day and supplies them to 300 of the county’s schools.

A spokesman for the council said: “Schools make their own catering arrangements, but those which have chosen to use Devon Norse, the council’s catering supplier, have been given assurances that its meat products have full traceability and are sourced locally.

“Norse’s beef burgers are either home made using locally sourced West Country beef or made especially for them using the same high quality ingredients.

“Our Trading Standards Team are working with Devon Norse to provide further reassurance to the public. They have not, so far, received any requests from other public bodies in Devon to investigate any of their suppliers, however officers are carrying out their own investigations into meat products supplied in Devon and are also actively supporting the FSA.”

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