"Local authorities are rightly concerned that the good work going on to improve food in schools is being missed while we deal with the consequences of the current issue. We want to work with local authorities to be sure that best practice in procurement is routine in councils and that the procurement reforms we introduced are working well.
"That is why Richard Lochhead (Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary) and I will be inviting local authorities to a meeting to check standards and processes are in place and to discuss ways in which we can drive up standards and quality even more in future."
Local authorities across Scotland have been advised to "place a hold" on frozen beef burgers following the discovery in North Lanarkshire.
It means schools, council leisure facilities and some social care establishments have also been told not to use any current stocks they have of frozen beef products, including mince. They were also advised not to order any new stocks until the outcome of detailed investigations.
The move was confirmed by procurement agency Scotland Excel, which deals with contracts on a national basis. It recommended councils and other public-sector customers to take a "precautionary approach" and take all frozen beef products off the menu.