Pork found in British prisons’ halal food



LONDON—Britain’s Ministry of Justice suspended a supplier of halal meat to prisons on Friday after traces of pork were found inside meat pies and pasties.

All prisons have been informed and the halal-labelled products were withdrawn immediately, an MoJ spokesman said.

“This is an absolutely unacceptable situation and one which we regret greatly,” said justice minister Jeremy Wright.

“Clearly this must be distressing for those affected and they can be reassured we are doing everything we can to resolve the situation. The Prison Service is investigating this as a matter of urgency.”

Islam’s halal slaughter method requires the abattoir to kill the animal by slitting its throat. Islamic law forbids the consumption of pork.

The discovery comes after horsemeat was found in beefburgers stocked by major British supermarket chains, with one brand of burger coming in at 29 percent horse.

A spokeswoman for the Food Standards Agency said the latest incident involved traces of pork.

“The FSA has been informed that a number of meat pies and pasties supplied to UK prisons which were labelled and served as Halal contained traces of pork DNA,” she said.

“The local authority (where the supplier is based) is investigating how this contamination came about and whether these products have been distributed further across the UK.

“People have a right to expect that the food they are eating is correctly described. We have called an urgent meeting of major retailers and suppliers on Monday to ensure that everyone is fully aware of their responsibilities.

“It is the responsibility of food businesses to ensure the food they sell contains what it says on the label. We are considering, with relevant local authorities, whether legal action is appropriate following the investigation.”

The Prison Reform Trust campaign group welcomed the swift probe.

“This is not a matter of dietary preference but of Islamic law,” said its director Juliet Lyon.

“There are clear hospital and prison rules that halal meat must be on the menu.

“This lapse will have offended and distressed high numbers of Muslim prisoners and their families so apologising, suspending the supplier and investigating the incident are the right steps for the MoJ to take.”

Some 12.5 percent of the prison population of England and Wales are Muslims, according to MoJ figures from June 2011.

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  • AntiAko

    So what will happen to the prisoners who ate pork meat? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

      Punta sila sa impierno.  

    • blue_lights

      Jurisprudence will indicate that since they were not aware it contained pork, it can be considered Makru in Islamic law.  This is not Haram, where they knew it was not allowed yet proceeded to eat it.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GAGU3D2OUBWCKFB3WUWTALDXU Brahman

         They think they better die killing Christians and Jews since they will get their 72 virgins (camel and gays) in hell with their Allah. If they eat pork, they go to hell as well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Ang mga Ampatuan malakas kumain ng lechon. Dapat galunggong at munggo na muna sila.
    Kung puede nga Lang…..bala na ang ipakain.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FASESU6FPUXJCZMOVMMFEEMLGU Carmencita Lopez

    it’s no big deal really. if the prisoners are innocent, they can just pray for forgiveness and wash.
    don’t try to make a mountain out of a molehill.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Not eating pork inside prisons is total hypocrisy. If you were a true follower of Islam, you wouldn’t have landed in the prison in the first place.

    Now shut up and eat your pork.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GAGU3D2OUBWCKFB3WUWTALDXU Brahman

       You are right, if they did not committed any crime, then they will not be eating pork–delicious meat and less cholesterol than beef. Why do they need to have special treatment from the rest of the prisoners?

  • Josef Paul

    These pigs pretend holier than the other swines. They don’t eat pork and yet they “eat” the ones who are eating pork. Hahahaha!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GAGU3D2OUBWCKFB3WUWTALDXU Brahman

    They don’t eat pork but they treat their Muslim women like pigs, they value more their camels than their females.

  • Pitbulldog

    Serve them human dung…

  • johnvforeighner

    Hahaha I love it, its a pity they did not choke when eating it…. And I bet when they are at home they dont drink alcohol either with their bacon sandwiches??? yet I wonder why those sales are so big in their Moslem areas? who is eating it???

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