A group of almost 200 Muslim prisoners in the UK are to sue the country’s government after alleging that they were fed pies and other food produce that contained pork.
Tests on what were meant to be halal food items, including sausage rolls, pies and pastries revealed that they contained up to 100 percent pig meat. Under Islamic law, Muslims are forbidden from consuming food items that contain pig meat.
The contaminated products were discovered earlier this year at HMP Sheppey Cluster in Kent. The prison’s sausage rolls were found to contain 5 percent pork, while its steak and kidney pies were between 60 percent and 100 percent pork.
The meat was also served in shepherd’s pie dishes HM Young Offender Institution Thorn Cross in Cheshire, where beef and onion pasties at HMP Verne in Dorset also contained pork.
Britain’s Ministry of Justice confirmed that 186 prisoners were taking legal action following the discovery.
“The Ministry of Justice has received a number of civil litigation claims following the discovery of contaminated halal food in March earlier this year. Each claim will be considered on its merits and robustly defended where appropriate,” said Jeremy Wright, Justice Minister.
According to official data, more than 13.1 percent of Britain’s jail population is Muslim.