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Cornish pasties off Truro school menu as horsemeat scandal worsens

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Cornish pasties have been taken off the menu at a Truro school as the horsemeat scandal worsens

Cornish pasties have been taken off the menu at a Truro school as the horsemeat scandal worsens

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Cornish pasties have been taken off the menu at a Truro school as fears grow over the horsemeat scandal.

Richard Lander School said pasties, beef pasta sauces and beef used in baguettes had all been withdrawn "as a precautionary measure".

The school said almost all of the food offered at Richard Lander was provided by Eden Foodservices and used British Red Tractor produce which is fully traceable with guaranteed welfare standards.

But the school was also buying in other food which did not fall under the Red Tractor Scheme.

Steve Mulcahy, headteacher at the secondary school, sent a bulletin to parents this week informing them of the situation.

He said: "These products will be temporarily withdrawn purely as a precautionary measure until they can confirm with 100% certainty, the traceability of these products."

Supermarkets across the country have pulled beef products from shelves as the extent of the presence of horsemeat in the UK has become clear.

Test results for horsemeat in British processed meals are due later today - as detectives continue questioning three men over the scandal.

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  • mrcrashhappy  |  February 15 2013, 5:47PM

    Love the picture included in this article. Obviously a saddle horse. His startled expression seems appropriate.

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  • Cornovi  |  February 15 2013, 4:34PM

    It's unfortunate that 'Cornish' pasties was used in this instance as they come under the scrutiny of a protected status from the European commission: "Only pasties prepared in Cornwall and following the traditional recipe can now be described as Cornish after the European commission awarded the dish "protected geographical indication" (PGI) status. Authentic pasties can still be finally baked elsewhere in Britain." The ingredients are sourced in Cornwall and they're made in Cornwall – if not, they ain't Cornish and cannot be prefixed 'Cornish'. We struggle enough as it is without unnecessary and negative publicity. The recent PastyTax was stressful enough.

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  • Newquaygreen  |  February 15 2013, 2:07PM

    Where do they get their pasties from then, obviously not locally made

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  • 2TheBeehive  |  February 15 2013, 2:00PM

    Good grief. You would need to eat literally a whole horse and some more (if in fact it were contaminated with the offending drug) to have any kind of effect on a human being. Horse meat otherwise is perfectly edible.

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  • Dantwo  |  February 15 2013, 11:51AM

    I've always said "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!" Well it seems I have been for quite a while. Still, ain't done me no 'arm, has'un? It's the chocolate pudding I 'ad a few weeks back that is causing me to worry.

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  • cheekyman_jr  |  February 15 2013, 11:29AM

    It's only a bit of horse at worst...and anyway, where the hell are they getting their pasties if they think there is a problem?

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  • WBMiles  |  February 15 2013, 10:36AM

    I don't think there is any suggestion of panic here. It is a school taking sensible precautionary measures and - what is most welcome - being open and honest with the public about the action they are taking.

  • Mice470  |  February 15 2013, 10:08AM

    We do not need to panic. It is only processed meat "products" that are suspect it is not ordinary meat cuts.

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