The company which supplied Halal meat to schools in Westminster, which have now been found to contain traces of pork, has made the following statement:
"Further to media speculation and allegations, we would like to clarify our position regarding the matter of Pork traces found in Halal Chicken Sausages supplied to a School in Westminster.
"We supply over 20,000 Kilo of sausages every week, and have robust and regulatory approved processes throughout our factory, and have never had any issue such as this before. We have also had 2 completely clear tests taken from our products so far, and we await the outcome of a third.
"Due to these robust process, and further to a complete internal investigation, we agree with the Nigel Fredericks statement that we can only think that this has happened as a result of human operator error with one batch of these sausages, and this is what may have led to the cross-contamination.
– Klaus Koentopp, Managing Director, Brook Farm Sausages
"We are very sorry that this has happened, as we pride ourselves on supplying some of the best quality sausages in the UK, and we extend our apologies to any person who may have consumed this product.
"We are continuing to send more of our products for testing, to help satisfy all customers and potential end users that our product traceability is seamless."