Burger maker says reputation has been 'unfairly damaged'

Paragon Quality Foods, the company at the centre of a scare over halal lamb burgers, say their products are 'pork free', despite tests by Leicester City Council.

The firm said the initial DNA tests carried out by the council, which found halal burgers contained some pork, were not carried out on a formal controlled sample .The company sent samples to an independent specialist.

'I am pleased to announce that all of the results confirm that Paragon Halal Lamb burgers were clear of pork. Our good reputation has been unfairly damaged by the publications since May 8, 2013 and we trust that it will now be fully restored.'

– Metin Pekin, Paragon Quality Foods

Leicester City Council said last week that they had removed the burgers as a precautionary measure while further tests on the burgers were carried out. They also said they would no longer continue to work with the company,

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Pork not found in halal burger

The makers of halal lamb burgers, that were withdrawn from schools in Leicester after a sample was said to contain pork, have said tests found no trace of pork.