Warning over rogue school dinners

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SCHOOL canteen staff in Northants have been told not serve certain meals to gluten sensitive children after the discovery of a rogue batch of dinners.

Routine checks carried out by Northants County Council nutritionists identified small amounts of gluten in the shepherds pie and beef bolognaise which were labelled gluten free.

Andrew Grant (Cons, Towcester), cabinet member for children said: “The problem stems from the use of a gravy powder as a minor ingredient in both of those meals. While the quantity of gluten a child may have consumed is quite small, it is nevertheless completely unacceptable for a child with allergies to be exposed to this risk.”

Mr Grant said he has requested an investigation and that they are now providing alternative meals.