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Council seeks legal advice after school Halal burgers contained pork

May 10 2013

A council is seeking “urgent legal advice” after Halal lamb burgers served at schools were found to contain traces of pork.

Leicester’s assistant city mayor Vi Dempster admitted she is “appalled” by the situation which arose following DNA tests on a batch of burgers made by Doncaster-based Paragon Quality Foods Limited.

Ms Dempster said: “I am appalled by this situation. It is disgraceful that none of us can have confidence in the food we eat.

“We need to ensure that the appropriate action is taken against whoever is responsible for this.

“We should all be able to have confidence in the food we are eating and clearly this is a particularly sensitive matter for the Muslim community and we recognise that.”

Trevor Pringle, the city council’s director of young people’s services, said all burgers supplied by the company had been removed from its stock as a precautionary measure while further investigations are carried out.

“We will not be purchasing any further products from this supplier,” he said.

“We have made it clear to our suppliers that this is totally unacceptable, and we are taking urgent legal advice about the next steps.”

The burgers have been supplied to 19 Leicester schools. Letters have now been sent to 6,000 families that could have been affected

Trevor Pringle, the city council’s director of young people’s services, said a full investigation is needed but all burgers supplied by the company have been removed as a precautionary measure.

“We will not be purchasing any further products from this supplier,” he said.

“We have made it clear to our suppliers that this is totally unacceptable, and we are taking urgent legal advice about the next steps.”

Metin Pekin, managing director of Paragon Quality Foods, said: “We have carried out a full traceability of the product in question and have provided this information to the relevant enforcement authorities.

“We are working with Doncaster Borough Council on a daily basis to provide all information requested. They are fully satisfied with our practices and procedures.”

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