Birmingham City Council discovers pork protein in Halal product
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Birmingham City Council’s environmental health team has discovered pork protein in a Halal meat product while checking for horsemeat contamination.
Pork extract was found in a pack of 20 Humza brand chicken burgers with a best before date of 10 May 2013.
The council stressed there is no evidence at this stage to suggest that the product’s distributor, Birmingham-based Roshan Foods, has caused the contamination deliberately. The company is cooperating with the authority’s ongoing investigation.
Further samples of the chicken burgers and other products have been taken and the results should be known by the end of the week. The Food Standards Agency has been informed of the find.
A product recall has been instigated and consumers who have bought the burgers have been advised to dispose of them or return them to the shop where they were purchased.
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Of the contamination Allama Qazi Abdul Aziz Chishti, spokesman for the Sharia Halal Board, said:
“We have been warning the public of this type of contamination for several months now. We fear that this new revelation is just the tip of the iceberg, there is more to come.
Once again the Muslim consumer has been let down by another bunch of companies who merely care for their own pockets rather than halal and haraam.
“The saddest aspect of this whole situation is that the company providing the meat was also known to be a Muslim company.
We ask that the FSA and Birmingham Council do not show any softness to them, due to them being Muslims;
they should be investigated and penalised like any other firm.”