Warning to Lichfield and Burntwood caterers after results of meat survey

A Keema Nan

A Keema Nan

A new report has revealed that nearly 40 per cent of food products described as lamb on sale across the country contain other meats.

Fifty-five samples of products traditionally made of lamb, including Keema Nan, Lamb Balti and Kebab were purchased by Central England Trading Standards Authorities across the West Midlands and Staffordshire. The results showed that 21 of the items contained other meats, with pork often substituting lamb.

Brandon Cook, Head of Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council, said:

“All consumers have the right to know what they are eating, particularly those who don’t eat certain meats due to their beliefs. Traditional practices have changed due to exposure to western culture and this has caused some confusion about what meats are used in certain dishes.”

Pork is often added as it is considerably cheaper than lamb and it also acts to bind the lamb together during cooking.

Staffordshire Trading Standards officers are advising that caterers should clearly state what their dishes contain – for example lamb and pork or lamb and beef.

Mr Cook added:

“We have a duty to protect caterers who prepare dishes using traditional recipes, as well as consumers.  Businesses need to be aware that our officers are going to continue with their work in this area and that Trading Standards officers will be working with them to ensure that they don’t mislead customers.”

Due to the high number of caterers found to be misdescribing meat products, there are plans to follow up on this research in the near future.

Businesses who would like advice and assistance concerning this issue should contact Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards on 08453 303 313 or by e-mailing businessadvice@staffordshire.gov.uk.

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1 Comment

  1. Natalie

    18th April, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    That is a shocking figure!