Pork found in a Leicester school halal burger
The cereal company Weetabix, based in Northamptonshire, has had to halt production on some products, after last year's poor wheat harvest.
Almost 25,000 sausages will be served up to school children across Telford and Wrekin as part of British Sausage Week.
– Assistant Mayor of Leicester, Vi Dempster
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."
Halal lamb burgers, manufactured by Paragon Quality Foods Limited, have been withdrawn from Leicester schools after tests revealed a sample contained pork.
Leicester City Council have confirmed they are no longer working with the business at the centre of a food contamination issue in the city. 19 schools are affected by the news that a sample halal lamb burger was found to contain pork meat.
Leicester City council has confirmed 19 schools are affected by halal contamination. 6000 letters have gone out to families in the city.
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.
– Suleman Nagdi, Federation of Muslim Organisations
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.
Leicester City Council has revealed that halal lamb burgers have been removed from city schools after tests revealed pork in a sample burger.
The sample burger was one of a batch of frozen burgers manufactured by Doncaster based Paragon Quality Foods Ltd.
School food is believed to have been contaminated at some schools in Leicester. It is believed to relate to the use of halal meat.
Leicester City Council is expected to release more details shortly.
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.
– Weetabix statement
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.