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186 Muslim UK inmates sue after fed pork pies

Some of the prison meals such as steak and kidney pies turned out to be 100 percent made of pork

186 Muslim UK inmates sue after fed pork pies
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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.

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gordon 6 years ago

it is not a sin if eaten by mistake, and if no harm was done then I am not sure what they are suing for.

However if the people who supplied the pork were aware or if they had not done their duty in ensuring it was not pork, then they should be punished.

Sheikha 6 years ago

Oh, now you want to use the law to get your rights. Funny, you didnt have much respect for the law in the first instance, hence why you are in jail.
Disgusts me

Saudi Engineer 6 years ago

Yes!! And because you broke the law and ended up in jail you have forfeit your rights to everything else!! You will have no more human rights, or respect or anything. You shall rot in jail, and eat whatever is served to you. Oh yes, while you're there, seeing as you are neither human or have any rights, you'll probably be beaten regularly.
And if you don't like it, just thank your lucky stars we don't send you off to guantanamo!

Doug 6 years ago

I would question how seriously any of these people could call themselves Muslims anyway, given they've broken the law.

What is more disturbing is how a sausage roll (traditionally pork) contained 5% pork while a steak and kidney pie (traditionally beef) can be 100% pork. Something obviously wrong with food labelling here.

Also, forgive my ignorance, but is eating kidneys halal anyway? I genuinely don't know so I'd appreciate some clarification from someone more knowledgeable than me.

chalky6766 6 years ago

@Saudi Engineer! Lol and you want to talk about rights? This has no bearing on Guantanamo, they are criminals end of story. Stranger things happen in prisons! This is the UK criminal justice system that actually affords rights to those convicted by a judge and jury.....rights!