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Pork found in Halal meat in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council's environmental health team have found extracts of pork in Halal burgers.

The tests came after the horsemeat scandal where hundreds of beef products were found to be contaminated.

The product that was found to contain pork protein was Humza Brand Chicken Burgers in pack of 20 with a best before date of 10th May 2013.

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A rise in number of women butchers

As part of National Butchers Week ITV News Central has been talking to staff at Walter Smith butchers. They have 17 stores across the region.

They are reporting a significant increase in the number of customers coming into their stores, which they attribute to the horsemeat scandal.

Women butchers are now also a key part of their business.

Teressa Malsbury explains that women butchers are more involved now than they ever were before.

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Horsemeat found in school dinners in Leicestershire

Horsemeat has been found in minced beef served in school dinners in Leicestershire. Leicestershire County Council says tests show the beef contained less than 1% trace of horse DNA and has been permanently removed from school menus:

We want to reassure parents that there is no health risk and that we're satisfied with the quality of all the beef products we serve.

The vast majority of food we supply is Red Tractor-assured and we will continue to regularly seek assurances from our school food suppliers to ensure that they comply with legislation.

– Leicestershire County Council

National Butchers Week celebrates an increase in customers

Walter Smiths Butchers
Walter Smiths Butchers Credit: ITV News Central

Today is the start of National Butchers Week. It comes at a time when more people are turning to their local butcher for their meat, following the horsemeat scandal.

Walter Smiths Butchers are a Midlands based chain with 17 shops across the region.

Walter Smiths Butchers
Walter Smiths Butchers Credit: ITV News Central

They have reported, in some areas, an increase of 33% in the number of customer visiting their butchers since the horsemeat scare.

National Butchers Week also celebrates more women taking up the trade.

Pork found in some beef samples tested by Leicestershire County Council

by Jane Hesketh
Pork has been found in some beef samples tested by Leicestershire County Council
Pork has been found in some beef samples tested by Leicestershire County Council Credit: PA

Leicestershire Trading Standards officials say they may be taking enforcement action against the suppliers of beef products that contain pork.

Leicestershire is one of 28 local authorities asked by the Food Standards Agency to make random tests on beef products in supermarkets and takeaway outlets.

Of the eight venues they visited two of the beef samples were found to contain pork.

Suleman Nagdi from the Federation of Muslim Organisations says their religion does not allow them to eat pork at all and he's calling on the government to take urgent action against the suppliers of mislabelled or contaminated meat.

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