OSLO–Europe’s embarrassing meat saga took a troubling twist after reports emerged in Norway and Britain that meat labeled “halal,” or fit for consumption by Muslims, was found to contain pork.
Norway’s food inspectorate said Friday it has found pork in kebab meat and pizza toppings that were labeled halal, while a British meat company apologized after halal chicken sausages supplied to at least one school were found to contain pork.
Muslims are forbidden to eat pork under Islamic law.
Ragnhild Arnesen, spokeswoman for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, said the agency was testing food for horsemeat and discovered that some products contained large amounts of pork though the labels indicated they were all-beef.
“We found the pork both in kebab meat in grocery stores and meat used in fast-food eating places,” Arnesen said.