– Metin Pekin, Paragon Quality Foods
We have been informed by a customer that a Halal Lamb burger produced by Paragon Quality Foods Ltd has tested positive for the presence of pork.
Paragon Quality Foods Ltd is a pork free site and has never knowingly bought or handled pork.
We have carried out a full traceability of the product in question and have provided this information to the relevant enforcement authorities.
The public analyst at Doncaster Borough Council has conducted unannounced formal sampling of our products on two occasions, with clear results.
The company says it is also working with the council to provide all information requested and add that they are satisfied with practices and procedures. They are awaiting the results of further testing.
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.