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UK: Pork DNA found in halal chicken burgers

Pork traces have been found in halal chicken burgers in Birmingham after tests were carried out by Birmingham City Council.

According to the council, pork DNA was discovered in packs of 20 Humza brand chicken burgers with the best-before date of 10 May 2013. 

The products were distributed by Roshan Foods, but there is no evidence to suggest it caused the contamination.

A spokesperson has said the pork traces were discovered while the council was checking for horse. 

Of the contamination Allama Qazi Abdul Aziz Chishti, spokesman for the Sharia Halal Board, said: “We have been warning the public of this type of contamination for several months now. We fear that this new revelation is just the tip of the iceberg, there is more to come."

“Once again the Muslim consumer has been let down by another bunch of companies who merely care for their own pockets rather than halal and haraam.

“The saddest aspect of this whole situation is that the company providing the meat was also known to be a Muslim company. We ask that the FSA and Birmingham Council do not show any softness to them, due to them being Muslims; they should be investigated and penalised like any other firm.”

Source: MeatInfo