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UK: McColgan's Quality Food identify as supplier of contaminated halal food

03-02-2013

London, (The Muslim News):

McColgan's Quality Foods of Northern Ireland has been identified as the supplier of pork contaminated halal products given in Muslim inmates in prison, The Muslim News has learnt.

The Strabane-based company was named by food distributors 3363 following demands by The Muslim News Editor, Ahmed J Versi that the supplier be identified amid fears that contaminated food may have been supplied to other outlets.

“3663 would like to clarify that the very small number of Halal Savoury beef pastry products that have been withdrawn from supply were only ever distributed to custodial establishments. The products in question are from one particular food manufacturer, McColgan Quality Foods Limited, and have not been distributed to any other customer. All Halal products from this manufacturer have been withdrawn”, group Managing Director, Alex Fisher, said.

Fisher insisted that 3663 “will not source any further Halal products from this manufacturer”, echoing the sentiments of the Ministry of Justice, in that was “a wholly unacceptable situation” which the company regretted.

Versi said that Muslims need more assurance about halal products following pork contaminated halal food being given to Muslim prisoners and called for the name of the supplier to be published during a series of TV and radio interviews.

“The Food Standards Agency it seems has not been stringent enough. This is not the first time pork contaminated halal food given to Muslim inmates in prison,” he said.

Fears about contaminated halal food being supplied to other outlets were raised after news that 3663 included hospitals, schools, care homes, hotels and cafes among its many clients.

“There may be contaminated food distributed by other distributors from the same suppliers. Muslims need to be reassured by the FSA that the food distributed by the same suppliers through other distributors will be withdrawn too and investigated,” Versi said.

“The FSA has to win the trust of the general Muslim community on this. The FSA has to give extra reassurance that they will now be more vigilant on monitoring halal products to ensure they are halal.,” he said.

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