Dundee hospital slammed over unhealthy 'fry-up' pie

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File photo for illustration shows a man eating a pie in Wigan, northern England, on December 15, 2009
File photo for illustration shows a man eating a pie in Wigan, northern England, on December 15, 2009 (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)

London (AFP) - A Dundee hospital has been criticised by a former government adviser for serving a gut-busting 'fry-up' pie consisting of bacon, sausage, black pudding and beans with an egg on top, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

Professor Mike Lean, chair of human nutrition at Glasgow University, described the calorific concoction on sale for £1.50 at Ninewells Hospital as a "shocking" example of a hospital meal.

"It should never be anywhere near a hospital. It is laden with fat, salt and without a vegetable in sight," the Telegraph quoted the former chair of the Food Standards Agency Advisory Committee on Research as saying in an article published late on Sunday.

"There should be strict guidelines for all food sold in hospitals."

NHS Tayside, which runs the hospital, said there were other, healthier, options on the hospital canteen menu.

A spokesman for NHS Tayside said: "There are a wide range of meals, snacks and drinks available for the public and staff to choose from.

"These include healthy breakfast options such as fresh orange juice, low-fat yoghurts and fresh fruit."