A company which has been illegally supplying meals to schools across the county, including some in Grantham, has been ordered to cease trading immediately.
In joint action taken yesterday (Monday), North Kesteven District Council and Boston Borough Council served a Remedial Action Notice on the company Food 4 Thought GB Ltd.
The notice requires them to stop trading out of their premises on industrial estates in Boston and Sleaford, from where they send out in excess of 1,000 school meals daily.
After going into liquidation on November 4, Food 4 Thought continued to supply meals to schools, but without the necessary approvals and licences being updated and in place, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised councils that the company cannot continue to operate.
According to Councillor Richard Wight, NKDC’s executive board member with responsibility for environmental services and public protection, Food 4 Thought bosses have not told the local authority which schools it supplies, prompting a warning to parents to ensure they find out which company supplies their child’s meal and make alternative arrangements if necessary.”
Coun Wight added: “We are not saying that the meals themselves are unfit, but because it is operating without the necessary approvals, the company is breaking the law by supplying them.
“They are trading illegally and supplying meals to some of the most vulnerable people in society. In these circumstances the Food Standards Agency’s guidance is clear that we have to take action to stop them and indeed they have today advised us to do this as a matter of urgency.
“As the company has not told us which schools they supply from these two units, our advice to parents across south Lincolnshire is that if they know their child receives meals through Food 4 Thought, they need to make alternative arrangements for the timebeing. If they don’t know who the supplier is, the school should be able to advise them.”
Among the schools affected in North Kesteven is Cranwell Primary School.