Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun an inquiry into the preparation of poultry imported from the Netherlands
Monday 2 July 2007Chicken served in restaurants, hospitals and schools is still being pumped up secretly with water and proteins to increase its size and weight.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun an inquiry into the preparation of 63,000 tons of poultry that were imported from the Netherlands in response to the discovery by trading standards officers. This will put new pressure on caterers to reveal whether the chicken on their menus is bloated with liquid and proteins.
It is not illegal to add water to chicken but under European Union rules consumers must be told if water has been added.
A examination of frozen chicken fillets sold in the North of England found that some products imported from the Netherlands contained as much as 35 per cent water even though the meat content was described as 80 per cent. The suspected chicken was destined for the catering industry, and is believed to have been used in takeaway restaurants, care homes and canteens.