In light of the ongoing scandal of contamination certain (so far) meat products, I decided to send an email to the Portfolio Holder for Children’s Schools and Families, Neil Burden and the Director of the same asking have we checked all the suppliers who provide school meals.
Here is the response I got from the Leader:
“The Council has a contract with Chartwells to supply meals to 197 schools in Cornwall. The authority takes the health and well-being of children in Cornwall extremely seriously and immediately contacted the company to seek reassurances about the robustness of its procedures for ensuring the traceability and quality of the food being supplied to our schools. The company has confirmed that all its nominated suppliers have to meet strict food quality and safety standards and they regularly undergo independent audits to ensure these standards are upheld.”
While I welcome the statement, the last sentence bothers me. In that statement:
The company has confirmed that all its nominated suppliers have to meet strict food quality and safety standards and they regularly undergo independent audits to ensure these standards are upheld
But have they actually checked the food is not contaminated? I am sure ASDA, Tesco and the other supermarkets though the same and had every confidence in their supply chain. Lets hope when either Cornwall Council or Chartwells do physically check , nothing that is not on the label has found its way into the product. If there is cross-contamination, someone will be clearing their desk pretty quickly.