Council officers launch chicken probe

Aberdeenshire Council Officers have committed to investigate and report back to Councillors on the traceability and welfare of chicken used in local school meals.

The commitment from officials was given after Councillors at last week’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee expressed concerns over earlier newspaper reports that cooked chicken from Thailand was being used in school kitchens.

The chicken, which complies with all relevant EU legislation and meets Scottish Government nutritional regulations, is purchased for school catering by twenty-five of Scotland’s thirty-two local authorities.

Councillors also asked about the sourcing of venison, fish and other food products from local producers and suppliers.

Speaking afterwards, SNP Group Education Spokesman Cllr Jean Dick said that she welcomed the probe: “Parents need reassurance that the ingredients which go into preparing the meals their children eat in school are obtained responsibly...”

SNP Cllr Geva Blackett, who represents Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, added “It makes perfect sense to offer venison as part of the school menus. It’s versatile, healthy, tasty and produced locally, which makes it great for children as well as great value for the Scottish taxpayer!”