LONDON (AP) — Britain's Ministry of Justice says it has suspended a company supplying meat to prisons after tests found that it may have provided food described as Halal that contained traces of pork.
The ministry said Friday that the products — meat pies and pasties labeled as Halal — have been withdrawn immediately after pork DNA was found in them. It said that all affected prisons have been informed.
The Food Standards Agency said that authorities are investigating how the contamination happened and how far the products were distributed in the rest of the country. Under Islamic law, Muslims are forbidden to eat pork.
The tests on the so-called Halal foods were commissioned after it emerged that some British supermarkets were selling beef burgers that contained horsemeat.