Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Prison Halal Pies May Contain Pork

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Prison Halal Pies May Contain Pork

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MANCHESTER'S Strangeways and other prisons around the country have been put on alert after it emerged Halal pies served to inmates may contain traces of pork.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said last night that all affected products, including pies and pasties, had been removed.

The products had been supplied by a Halal-certified company. Muslims are not permitted to eat pork.

The incident follows last month's 'horse burger' scandal, where horse DNA was found in value supermarket burgers.

An MOJ spokesman said: "All prisons have been informed about this very regrettable incident and we reported this issue to the Food Standards Agency immediately. We are taking immediate steps to suspend the contract with the relevant subcontractor."

Justice minister Jeremy Wright said: "This is an absolutely unacceptable situation and one which we regret greatly. Clearly this must be distressing for those affected and they can be reassured we are doing everything we can to resolve the situation. …

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