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Outrage over 'halal meat' served in British parliament

By Abdul Nisar

London, Nov 18(ANI): British parliamentarians are furious after they discovered that halal meat was served to them in the House of Commons canteens, restaurants and bars without being told.

According to the Daily Star, catering bosses in the Commons admitted that they had served chicken slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law and customers.

"The catering service has unknowingly received supplies of poultry slaughtered using halal methods," Sir Stuart Bell, representing the House of Commons Commission, said.

MPs are now calling for the Government to introduce legislation to make sure that meat is properly labeled.

"This underlines the need to have proper labelling so people actually know what they are eating. It seems there has been this drive in the food industry to do everything halal so it doesn't offend people," Tory MP Greg Knight said.

Tory Philip Hollobone said: "I don't think it is that difficult a problem to solve. Maybe the Government is frightened about upsetting ethnic minorities."

There was uproar earlier this year after it emerged that halal meat was being served in hospitals, schools and pubs without the public knowing. (ANI)

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