South Yorkshire parents have condemned a South Yorkshire school’s decision to ban all pork products from the lunch menu and replace other meats with halal versions.
The move means pupils at Brinsworth Manor Infant and Junior Schools in Rotherham will no longer be offered sausages, bacon or ham.
Parents at both schools, which share a site, were told of the decision in a letter from Rotherham Council’s principal catering officer Ron Parry, who described the change as a ‘minor adjustment’ to the lunch menu.
A Rotherham Council spokesman confirmed both schools now include halal and non-halal meat on the menu.
She said: “The provision of both halal and non-halal is not unusual in Rotherham’s schools. Currently, nine schools out of 115, select one of our menus that provide a mix of both halal and non-halal meals.
“All meat on our menus, including halal, is sourced from reputable companies, which fully comply with the quality standards of the relevant individual meat boards.
“The meals are also nutritionally balanced and cooked fresh on-site every day using locally sourced meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy products where possible.
“Our menus are designed to meet both national nutritional standards and dietary requirements, so all the children of Rotherham benefit.”
One mum, with an 11-year-old daughter at the school, said: “The way the animals are slaughtered for halal meat is a religious killing and I don’t feel it should be in schools.
“My daughter has been anxious about the change as she has concerns about if it is humane killing. I believe in animal welfare rights and standards of meat production that halal does not follow.”
Another said: “My son is a really fussy eater and pork is his favourite meat.
“He’ll get bored having chicken all the time.”