Birmingham school apologises after Muslim children fed bacon

27th Sep 2013

Birmigham school apologises after muslim children fed ban

[Ninestiles School has apologised for serving bacon to Muslim students]


By Elham Asaad Buaras


A Birmingham school principal has apologised after Muslim pupils were accidentally fed bacon in supposed halal chicken sandwiches.


Executive Principal of Ninestiles School in Acocks Green, Chris Quinn, posted an apology on its website, which she put down to “human error”.


The halal food error was discovered by a Muslim teacher who had bought one of the baguettes at lunch in July, during the last week before the summer break.


The teacher, who has now left the school, said: “All the halal food is meant to be labelled clearly as halal and I took what I believed was a halal chicken and sweetcorn baguette.


“But after eating it I became aware of a smoky smell and taste. As I looked inside I was horrified to find that there were pieces of what I thought were ham.”


She approached catering staff who confirmed the mislabeled baguette contained bacon, the teacher said.


“I felt physically repulsed, terribly upset. I had never eaten pork before and couldn’t believe I was eating it by mistake at school,” she said.


The teacher complained to the school immediately and an investigation was launched, with the full apology issued this month.


In her website apology Quinn said: “It has come to the school’s notice that a small number of sandwiches, sold on 17 July, which were labelled as halal, contained products which were not halal.


“The school apologises for this unfortunate mistake. It is an important part of Ninestiles’ ethos that we meet the dietary requirements of all our students and staff.


“The school is taking steps to ensure its suppliers meet their commitment to the school’s expectations with regards to food standards. The school is also reviewing its own procedures to ensure that this does not happen again.


“We apologise to anyone who inadvertently ate one of this small number of sandwiches.”


One Response to “Birmingham school apologises after Muslim children fed bacon”

Iftikhar AhmadSeptember 27, 2013

Birmingham school says sorry for serving non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils. Council catering staff had wrongly dished up the non-Halal food to Muslim pupils on December 12, but details have only just come to light. On Monday parents received a letter from Craig Jansen, head of the 1,400-pupil secondary school and sixth form, in which he apologised unreservedly for the incident.

RESIDENTS across Harrow have vented their anger about proposals to have Halal-only menus in primary schools in the borough. Meat is meat. What does it matter how it’s killed? These stupid parents should find other things to whine about. Halal meat is more hygienically processed anyway.The newspaper revealed exclusively how Harrow Council has employed a catering company to only prepare Halal meat – to serve youngsters in Harrow. This is nothing new to my knowledge, Tower Hamlets council been doing Halal meat in schools for at least 3 years or more.

A true Muslim is a citizen of the world, which has become a small global village. We are going to prepare our youth to achieve that objective in the long run. A true Muslim believes in Prophet Moses and the Prophet Jesus and without them one cannot be a Muslim. My suggestion is that in all state, independent and Christian based school special attention should be given to the teaching of Comparative Religion and Islam should be taught by qualified Muslim Teachers to make the children aware the closeness of Islam to Christianity and Judaism which will help them to think about Islam, as “A Pragmatic and Modern Way of Life,” during their life time. Those state schools where Muslim children are in majority may be opted out as Muslim Academies.

There are hundreds of state and Church schools in Birmingham, Harrow and other big cities where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies so that non-Muslim children could enjoy their own meals in their own schools. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.
London School of Islamics Trust


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