The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has hit back at criticism of its accreditation process after more revelations.

It comes during a week when it was revealed processed beef meals have been dropped from all Lancashire County Council schools after horse meat was found in halal beefburgers.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) had only months ago backed food accredited by the HFA. It was a highly embarrassing revelation for both the LCC and HFA.

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