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