Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Please confirm the following:
- Whether school dinners on the Wirral have been tested for traces of undeclared meat. If so, who has tested them and what was the result. If not, is there reasoning for the testing having not been carried out.
- Whether WBC operates a policy which restricts the additives (eg, MSG etc) in school dinners and / or the levels of nutrients (eg, "a single beef burger must have no more than 3g of saturated fat") If such a policy does exist please provide a copy and details of how you monitor the same for compliance.
Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request detailed below.
My response is as follows:
1. Woodwards are the food suppliers to Metro Catering kitchens; Brakes are
the parent company and they undertook the necessary tests. However,
Wirral does not purchase any prepared meals containing meat and therefore
this question is not applicable to our school meal service.
2. Wirral does not have a written policy which restricts the additives in
school dinners and/or levels of nutrients. Metro Catering service follows
all guidelines set down by the School Food Trust and has recently
introduced a new “fresh menu” for which no processed foods are used in
making the cooked daily meal; the two exceptions to this are sausages
served once in a 4 week period and battered fish served weekly. These two
products meet the nutritional guidelines set by the Food Trust, therefore
meeting all Government guidelines.
I trust you will find this information useful.
Jane Cowden, Principal Officer - Information
Tel: 0151 666 4362
E-mail: [email address]
Fax: 0151 666 4541
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