The Sharia Halal Board has backed the British meat industry in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and claimed the problem was not British.

It stated it believed British meat is of "extremely high standard, supreme quality with rigorous hygiene standards" and that such a level "cannot be achieved or received anywhere else but the United Kingdom".

The Sharia Halal Board therefore strongly recommended that butchers focus on local British produce and immediately stop buying from outside the UK.

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