Burgers withdrawn in horse meat scare from University Hospital of North Staffordshire
BEEF burgers have been withdrawn from the menus at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire after horse meat was found by the company supplying them.
The dish has also been removed at Haywood Hospital in Burslem, which uses the same catering company.
But meals at the area's community hospitals in Bradwell, Longton, Leek and Cheadle are not affected as they come from a different contractor.
The move comes days after the international company – Sodexo – pulled all beef products from food served in schools, care homes and the armed forces.
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But it had announced last week that the meat supplied to the NHS from its Tillery Valley plant in South Wales was horse-free and so remained unaffected.
A joint statement from UHNS, Sodexo and the NHS trust running the Haywood said: "Sodexo found traces of horsemeat in a beef burger so they have been removed from menus and replaced by an alternative option."