Horsemeat scandal - Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust given clean bill of health

An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950
An annual report by the director of public health has been released, highlighting several areas, including smoking, obesity and sexual health, where the district does not compare well nationally. The report by Dr Andrew Furber is being released with the screening of short films by young people from the district.'Dr Furber.'w0473b950

Hospital food in the district has been given a clean bill of health after assurances were sought it did not contain horsemeat.

Bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust contacted food suppliers amid a national scandal of horsemeat being found in products labelled as beef.

Mid Yorkshire, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals, was waiting for “total assurance” there was no horsemeat in food.

A trust spokesman said: “The trust has asked the suppliers of all of its meat products for assurance that they contain no traces of horse meat. The trust has been given this assurance.”

Mid Yorkshire procures food products for Dewsbury and District Hospital. Balfour Beatty, the company which runs Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals under a Private Finance Agreement - had also given an assurance about the meals it served.

Foods from burgers to lasagne have been taken of supermarket shelves during the scandal.

Health experts say processed foods like burgers, sausages, pies and ready meals are best avoided at all times.

Dr Andrew Furber, the district’s director of public health, said: “All have high fat and salt content and even foods labelled with 100 per cent meat can have high levels of fatty meat included.

“Eating processed meat regularly is linked to heart disease, cancer and stroke and eating a lot of fat is high in calories, which can lead to excess weight gain.”