Only one kebab in 13 was made purely of lamb
Investigation throws up fungus too
KEBABS and burgers containing the wrong kind of meat and food contaminated with a fungal growth were just some of the findings of an investigation into food fraud in Bucks.
In the wake of the horse meat scandal in 2013, county councillors agreed to spend an extra £50,000 to ensure food sold to people in Bucks was correctly labelled.
A year-long investigation into food fraud and authenticity by Bucks trading standards officers has now been completed and the results have been published in the trading standards’ annual food tests review.
They range from a survey of children’s ready meals, testing of takeaway kebabs and burgers, to fruit juice sampling and tests on olive oil and durum wheat, owing to poor harvests.
A major investigation into takeaway meat products found almost half the samples tested contained meat other than that specified. Officers took 27 samples of lamb kebabs, burgers and chicken from takeaway shops in Amersham, Chesham, Aylesbury and High Wycombe, and discovered that, of the 13 lamb doner kebabs tested, 10 contained chicken, one beef and one chicken and beef. Of the 12 beefburgers sampled, two contained lamb.
Follow-up work with traders has focused on compliance with correct labelling.
drinks uncovered in some samples the presence of high levels of benzoic acid and ‘Southampton Six’ colours, which is linked to children’s hyperactivity.
Trading standards officers also investigated evidence of aflatoxin contamination – a fungal growth in imported food products which can lead to liver damage. They found toxins in two samples that triggered product recalls, two samples in which aflatoxins were present and five samples with incorrect labelling.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for community engagement, Martin Phillips, said: “I want to ensure our residents have every confidence that we’re alert and active about the safety of the food we eat.
“Our trading standards team does an outstanding job ensuring food authenticity with thorough investigation and testing.”
Visit www.getbucks.co. uk for a full round-up of results.