School’s halal supplier contract terminated
Muslim children across Lancashire are having to make do with vegetarian school meals after the local council suddenly cancelled its contract with its halal meat supplier.
A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council told MTJ that the council decided to pull the plug on its deal with Blackburn-based KQF Foods after it failed a food standards inspection.
A total of 68 schools have been affected with vegetarian and non-meat school meals being served until a new supplier can be found.
Roger Eakhurst, Lancashire County Council’s assistant director for catering, said: “The health and safety of pupils must always come first in the provision of any supplies to our school kitchens. The inspection failings were not related to the food’s halal status. It would not be appropriate for us to give further details, but the company is aware of the inspector’s findings, and we have explained the reasons for terminating the contract. We hope to re-establish a supply of halal meat as soon as possible and, in the meantime, we hope parents and children will bear with us.”
KQF refused to comment when contacted by MTJ, although the Lancashire Telegraph reported that a representative from the company said it failed the inspection because “paperwork was not up to date”.