One of the Prison Service's meat suppliers was suspended last night after it was found Halal pies and pasties were contaminated with pork.
Ministers described the contamination as "unacceptable" and ordered an immediate investigation. The pies and pasties came from a supplier which had certification that supposedly assured buyers the meat was Halal.
According to Islamic law, special measures must be taken in animal slaughter and meat preparation, including cutting the animal's throat cleanly and dedicating it to Allah. Pork is proscribed, so the discovery that the contamination came from pigs will amplify the anger and hurt caused.