3 July 1998

Only three antis…

ONLY three of Scotlands 32 local authorities still fail to offer beef on their school menus.

According to Meat and Livestock Commission chairman Don Curry, the remaining three – Falkirk, East Dumbarton and North Lanark – are reviewing their policies and are in discussion with the commission.

Better position

Colin Maclean, MLC director general, added that the Scottish position was much better than that in the rest of the UK. The national figures show that 70 of the 159 authorities which removed beef from school menus during the BSE scare continue to impose their own beef bans.

But both he and Mr Curry were confident that the figures would improve. Getting beef back into school meals was the first priority – making sure it was British beef was the next step, Mr Maclean said.

For local authorities on tight budgets, MLC was working with caterers to offer better meals, using less beef, so that the 15% price differential between British beef and imported product could be overcome. That approach had already been used successfully in negotiations with the Ministry of Defence and its catering firm, Booker.