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Assistant Mayor "appalled" by halal contamination

I am appalled by this situation. It is disgraceful that none of us can have confidence in the food we eat.

We regret any distress this will cause families and staff, and would like to reassure them that robust action is being taken to address this serious matter."

– Assistant Mayor of Leicester, Vi Dempster

Halal lamb burgers, manufactured by Paragon Quality Foods Limited, have been withdrawn from Leicester schools after tests revealed a sample contained pork.

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Muslims "shocked" at halal contamination

The Federation of Muslim Organisations has told ITV Central it is "shocked and distressed" to learn that halal food, contaminated with pork meat, has been supplied to schools in Leicester.

This is a shocking and unacceptable development. As Muslims, we cherish our strict dietary needs, which are well known and have been developed for well over a thousand years. The consumption of pork and alcohol is prohibited for all Muslims.

This recent event will raise an issue of confidence in the Muslim community as to the measures and processes that are put in place that gives assurance of halal meals. All due diligence procedures should be thoroughly reviewed and bolstered where necessary and should include intermittent and random sample testing which should encompass DNA testing.

It is hoped that this will not occur again and the community are now looking to the city council and our elected councillors for this assurance and to rebuild the confidence that has clearly been shaken.

– Suleman Nagdi, Federation of Muslim Organisations

The Federation are also calling for Leicester City Council to take legal action against the company involved under the Food Safety Act.

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Weetabix halts production of two cereals after poor harvest

In a statement Weetabix have confirmed that they have had to halt production of two cereals due to the impact of last year's bad weather on the wheat crops.

We can confirm that unfortunately due to technical issues we have been unable to make Weetabix Minis and Oatibix Bitesize to our exacting standards and have taken the decision to reduce production to resolve the issues.

This has meant a shortage of supplies of these products to the retailers.

This is a temporary reduction in production and we are working hard to fully restore normal capacity so our consumers can once again enjoy the products at their best quality.

The Weetabix Minis and Oatibix Bitesize range are made in a unique factory and no other produce made by The Weetabix Food Company are affected. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may have caused our consumers but assure them of our commitment to make great tasting nutritional breakfast cereals of the highest quality.

The problem is linked to the quality of wheat caused by the extreme wet and cold weather during last year’s growing season. We remain committed to sourcing local wheat, weather permitting.

– Weetabix statement
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