The Ministry of Justice is being sued over the contamination of halal meat in prisons, Justice Minister Jeremy Wright told MPs recently.

A "small number" of claims have been filed and would be "robustly defended where appropriate", Mr Wright said in response to a parliamentary question from Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan.

In my view, one of the main problems is the halal certifier, which in this case happens to be the Halal Food Authority (HFA). It has taken no responsibility for the case, except to say it has taken its certification away from the supplying company, although it claims to be a halal regulator for the food industry.

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