A HALAL lamb burger made by a company supplying schools in the UK contained up to 50% pork.
The products were made by Paragon Quality Foods Limited, which said it had never knowingly bought or handled pork, and were sent to schools in Leicester, which has a substantial Muslim population, the BBC reports.
Halal meat is « lawful » under Islamic laws and conforms to dietary standards for Muslims, who are not allowed to eat pork.
The discovery was made last month and the product was withdrawn but details only became public on Thursday.
A DNA test found the burger contained between 10 and 50% pork.
A spokeswoman for Leicester City Council said: « The council’s view is that whether it’s 1% or 99%, it’s still impure and unacceptable. »
Testing of the burgers was prompted by the horsemeat substitution scandal which swept Europe earlier this year.
Source : DailyTelegraph