13th February 2013
Due to recent events there is a lot of concern and speculation about meat in general in the food chain.
This letter is to assure parents that we at Eaton House Schools are fully vigilant about the food on your child’s plate and have always taken care when sourcing all of the food that we use. We use a local butcher called Heanens Wholesale Meats Ltd Inc. (www.heanens.com). There is a statement of assurance on their website should anyone like to see it.
They conform to the Red Tractor scheme and are Gold Audit Award Winners from the EBLEX scheme. In general terms this means that all their meat is UK sourced and can be traced right back to the farm and the welfare of the animals is assured.
All our meat for the schools is freshly prepared and not frozen. It is hand cut and prepared from whole joints and carcasses on site. Therefore we know that we are getting 100% the actual meat that we order and nothing else.
Any minced meat, be it beef or lamb, is trimmed and cut from whole joints and hand minced on their site. The beefburgers that we order are also made by hand from hand minced whole cuts of beef with nothing added.
Heanens are inspected (unannounced) by Wandsworth Council Environmental Health Officers (as is each of our schools by the relevant local authority) and achieved 5 stars on their hygiene rating. I have personally visited their establishment and have seen the entire operation first hand. It is of a very high standard.
I have copies of the relevant certificates of assurance in the school Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point file which is kept in the admin office at the Manor school. We remain committed to providing healthy quality ingredients for our meals.
If any parents have further concerns or just require more information about sourcing and suppliers please contact me through the school office.
David G Clayton
Eaton House Group of Schools