Butcher Nigel Fredericks, the company which supplied Halal meat to schools in Westminster, has made the following statement following the discovery of traces of pork in chicken sausages:
"Further to media speculation, we would like to clarify our position regarding the matter of Pork traces found in Halal Chicken Sausages supplied to a School in Westminster.
"This product was sourced from Brook Farm Sausages, and then supplied to the school in question through a 3rd party distributor.
"We have used Brook Farm Sausage for many years, and can only think that this was an isolated incident involving some element of human error.
"We are currently investigating the cause of this unfortunate and regrettable incident as a matter of utmost priority, together with Compass UK and Brook Farm Sausages.
"We are very sorry that we have had a product come through our supply chain that has failed to meet the high standards we and our customers expect, and extend our apologies to any person who has potentially eaten this product.
– Nigel Tottman, Managing Director, Fredericks
"Since media speculation started in January concerning the integrity of meat labelling, we have had over 15 samples taken from our premises and/or our customer’s premises, mostly at random, and many without our knowledge.
"So far, with the exclusion of the sausages named in this incident, every result that has come back has been certified as completely clean from anything other than what was stated on the label.
"We are continuing to send more products for testing, to help satisfy all customers and potential end users that our product traceability and safety is robust."