A council of mosques in Lancashire has accused its local government of providing illegitimate halal meat to local Muslim schoolchildren.
In two letters sent to Muslim parents in the area, the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) urged Muslim parents not to allow their children to eat meat or chicken at Lancashire County Council (LCC) schools. One letter said: "Suppliers of 'halal' products are not accredited by any halal certifying organisation that is in line with the halal criteria adopted by the LCM."
The LCM described how the schools of Lancashire fell into four categories where halal certification was concerned. It said there were those schools certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC); contracted by the Lancashire County Commercial Services (LCCS); self-managed; or under contract with the Local Education Partnership (LEP).