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Statement from Collingwood's Caterers

Chartwells statement on the recent horsemeat scandal.

The traceability and quality of our food is our top priority. All of our nominated suppliers have to meet strict food quality and safety standards and they regularly undergo independent audits to ensure these standards are upheld.  In addition we have asked all of our meat suppliers to re-confirm their compliance with the required traceability, testing and hygiene processes. We have received this confirmation from all of our current UK nominated meat suppliers, who have also verified that all of our meat products adhere to the required standards and specifications.

In light of recent events, we have taken the decision to use only processed beef products that have been sourced and processed in the UK and Ireland for the foreseeable future. As a result of this decision, we have withdrawn a small number of processed beef products from our range.  We have also begun a comprehensive and independent DNA testing programme across all of our processed meat products.

This is a challenging time for the food industry but I would like to reassure you that through our industry leading supply chain we are taking all possible steps to ensure the integrity of the products we provide to you is maintained.

Russell Stewart
Regional Manager
Chartwells

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