• SABC shenanigans

    SA has already embarked on a slippery slope to autocracy, warns Terry Bell in Inside Labour.

  • Zim tastes people power

    Protests in Zimbabwe are forcing Mugabe to face anti-government sentiment, says Memory Mataranyika.

  • Platinum handshake

    Officials who try to do what's right risk far more than blessed wrongdoers, says Solly Moeng.

All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

Watchdog acts on pork in halaal foods

Mar 15 2013 19:35
AFP
meat

Since pork consumption is prohibited under Islam, the Kuraas company sent a letter of apology to the Islamic Council, an umbrella organisation representing Muslims in Norway.

Related Articles

News24 tests supermarket meat

Meat inspectors strike for more pay

No name and shame of meat culprits

Study reveals game biltong shock

Consumer watchdog to probe meat labelling

Pork found in halaal meat in school

 
Oslo - The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said on Friday it would file a police complaint against a food company after finding large quantities of pork in its halaal-labelled products.

Kebab meat sold by Norwegian group Kuraas to restaurants contained between five and 30% pork even though it was marked as halaal, the agency found.

"We will file a complaint against the producer," Catherine Signe Svinland, an adviser at the food safety watchdog, told AFP.

"In a halaal product, there should be no pork at all and when we find such quantities ... we don't believe it's an accident but it is in fact fraud," she said.

The group denied it had intended to mislead customers.

"We buy huge quantities of halal meat and we can show invoices corresponding to what we bought and sold," marketing manager Kenneth Kuraas told news agency NTB.

"Pork ending up in these products is simply due to routines not being followed," he added.

Kuraas later explained that a labeling error may have been to blame.

"Our theory is that it happened when the meat was labelled," he said.

Since pork consumption is prohibited under Islam, the Kuraas company sent a letter of apology to the Islamic Council, an umbrella organisation representing Muslims in Norway.

The Islamic halal method of killing an animal requires its throat to be slit and the blood to be drained.

On Thursday halaal chicken sausages served to pupils in central London schools and nurseries were revealed to contain traces of pork.

European countries have stepped up food controls in response to the recent scandal which saw millions of frozen ready meals pulled off supermarket shelves after tests showed meat labelled as beef contained large quantities of horsemeat.

Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

norway  |  meat scandal

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:

THE SAVINGS ISSUE

Saving can make a lot of things possible, but we all know how hard it is to save. This special Savings Issue will help you get focused.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

Sarb's decision to keep the repo rate unchanged is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...