Norfolk’s three major hospitals are making strenuous efforts to try to confirm no patients have been served food containing horsemeat while in their care.

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The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N) has not yet been able to give a definite answer but has asked its suppliers to provide clarification.

A spokesman said: “Our suppliers are carrying out detailed checks on beef products supplied to the hospital and those tests are still under way. “

Both the James Paget University Hospital (JPH), in Gorleston, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), in King’s Lynn, serve food from suppliers which have been approved by the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub.

Management at both hospitals are satisfied with assurances provided to them by their suppliers, with a JPH spokesman saying: “All of our meat is sourced from a local East Anglian supplier and no processed foods are given to our patients.

“All our meals are freshly prepared on site by a team of professional chefs. We are proud to continue this relatively unique service at the hospital.”

While a QEH spokesman said: “All our food is obtained fresh from local suppliers who are approved by the NHS Procurement hub and have been carefully checked out beforehand.

“As a result we are able to trace the origin of all our food via our authorised suppliers. Our meat, for example, comes from a Norfolk butcher and we have full confidence in the supply chain.”

Mental health providers Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs units such as Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, has also been given assurances.

Neil Stewart, the trust’s food safety officer, said: “Our main food suppliers in Norfolk and Suffolk wrote to us a week ago, confirming that there was no horsemeat in their products.

“Before we receive it, they use their own team of butchers to prepare the meat, which is subject to ongoing DNA tests.”

4 comments

  • MCI, the procurement thingy is an EU ruling thingy...DHL are somehow involved as a thingy partner....Tis a funny old corrupt world the unelected elected.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Better late than never? So amongst the many layers of NHS quangos, with their vast and vastly overpaid executive, management, and admin teams, is yet another doubtless horrendous overhead eating away at the dwindling funds available for front-line clinical care, namely the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub. I am sure they do a terrific job of claiming spurious savings and trumpetting the success of cost cutting initiatives to justify their handsome rewards. Same business "ethics" that saw horse substituted for beef in the first place! Any tax avoiders among them?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • NHS Norfolk should be concerned with the nutrition, or lack off, in its hospital food. Why is the N&N prepared to look after the nutrition of their nurses and private patients, but serves NHS patients, who actually pay for this hospital and its private provisions via a PFI scheme, have to make do with tasteless warmed up food that is not cooked fresh?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • well said ingo, the N&N ready meals is a disgrace, serving up horse instead of beef,if that is the end result of the tests carried out..should make any PFI food deals non and void...bring back chefs and create local jobs!!!!!!

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    nrg

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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