Fast food fraudsters sell cheap cuts of chicken as lamb


FAST food cheats are facing a crackdown after two studies showed they are using cheaper meats like beef or chicken in dishes that claim to contain lamb.

The Food Standards Agency said new priority testing would take place across the UK from next month and businesses could face prosecution if food is found to have been deliberately mislabelled.

Local authority sampling data from July to December 2013 found 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained meat other than lamb.

And consumer watchdog Which? tested 60 lamb curries and kebabs from restaurants in Birmingham and London and found 24 contained other meats. No samples were found to have horsemeat, however.

Food safety expert Prof Chris Elliott said: “Without rigorous monitoring programmes, cheats will always try to take advantage of consumers.”

Richard Lloyd of Which? said: “The Government, local authorities and the FSA need to make tackling food fraud a priority.”


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