Muslim leaders have cast doubt over the Scottish Government and NHS explanation for the use of pork in a flu vaccine, saying other products are available.

The Muslim Council of ­Scotland (MCS) said a 2001 ruling cited by health chiefs and ministers for not revealing the vaccine contained pork gelatine actually only allowed the use of pig-derived products if the individual was already ill and no other medicine was available.

The MCS said Islamic Law had the same message, and as the vaccine being rolled out in Scotland's biggest ever immunisation programme was only a precautionary measure, it was advising against its use.

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