Dinner lady sacked for serving Muslim children non-Halal meat

February 20, 2013 | by | 10 Comments

A dinner lady was sacked from a school for serving Muslim children non-Halal meat, it emerged today.

The member of catering staff was dismissed for accidentally serving up the food which was not in keeping with strict Islamic dietary requirements at Moseley School, in Birmingham.

The gaffe – which occurred on December 12, last year – has left Muslim parents fuming at the multi-faith school forcing the headteacher into a grovelling apology.

Moseley School in Moseley, Birmingham where a dinner lady has been sacked for serving up non-Halal meat to school children

Moseley School in Moseley, Birmingham where a dinner lady has been sacked for serving up non-Halal meat to school children

All meat served to the 1,400 students at the school is halal, regardless or race or religion.

And following a disciplinary hearing last Monday the employee responsible for the error was sacked from her job.

On Monday parents received a letter from headteacher Carl Jansen, who apologised for the “unintentional error.”

But furious parents of children who attend the secondary school and sixth form, demanded others be held accountable for the mistake.

One father, who did not want to be named, said yesterday: “It is a disgrace that this could be allowed to happen and we demand more action is taken.

“It could not just be the error or one lady, there must be people at the top responsible too who also need to be sacked. It is an insult to our faith.”

Another parent added: “The school have failed the children.

“How did this meal get into the school system to be fed to the children?

“It’s just shocking that dietary requirements haven’t been met.

“We don’t know what was actually served. Non-Halal is a very ambiguous term.

“They need to explain what it means but we doubt we are going to get answers.“

But father-of-three Barry Jackman, 45, added: “It’s a little bit harsh to sack somebody because of one little mistake.

“Yes, we have to respect religions and standards which are expected – but it was a one-off and surely the lady doesn’t deserve to lose her job.”

School meals in Birmingham are provided by the council department Direct Services.

Sheila Walker, head of Direct Services, wrote to the headmaster last month to confirm the mistake.

She said: “This was found to be due to an error and was unintentional, nevertheless, we have failed to ensure the integrity of Halal only food at Moseley School.”

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson added: “We of course apologise for any concerns this has caused.

‘‘We do have robust procedures in place and the caterer successfully provides thousands of meals daily to schools.

‘‘A letter has been sent to all parents to alert them to what happened.”

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  1. Iftikhar Ahmad says:

    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.

    One furious Muslim parent, whose son attends Moseley School, said of the Halal error: “I was shocked – they have failed the children.‘‘How did this meal get into the school system to be fed to the children? “It’s just shocking that dietary requirements haven’t been met.” Halal foods should not include pork or pork by-products, animals that were dead prior to slaughtering, blood or blood by-products or birds of prey. The parent, whose son is now on packed lunches, added: “We don’t know what was actually served. Non-Halal is a very ambiguous term. “They have not explained what it means but we doubt we are going to get answers.”An inquiry was launched on December 18 by the city council after concerns were raised by the school. Council department Direct Services, which provides the meals for city schools, commissioned an investigation.

    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.

    The Halal slaughter method (along with Shechita which is the name for pretty much the same method used by Jews) is not cruel at all. When the animal’s throat is slit, it results in a massive drop in blood pressure causing pretty much instantaneous unconsciousness. As long as the cut is performed correctly the animal will feel a mere instant of pain compared to the intense suffering they can go through in abattoir’s with the “normal” slaughter method. The link that has been made between this story and Britain becoming an Islamic State is a bit extreme. The majority of British people are atheist. But it doesn’t mean we can’t try and make life easier and better for people of all faiths and cultures. All children should be offered a choice. That way Muslims can eat what they want and non-Muslims can eat what they want.

    The Muslim community has been passing through a phase of fourth Crusades. The battleground is the field of education, where the young generation will be educated properly with the Holly Quran in one hand and Sciences in other hand to serve humanity. 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.

    Bilingual Muslim children need to learn and be well versed in Standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. The problem is that they learn English in the streets and in the playgrounds. British schooling does not teach English to migrant children. The teachers let them speak the same accent in the classroom. They have no courage to stop them or correct them. This is one of the main reasons why one third of children have difficulties with reading when they leave primary schools. Majority of such children are bilingual Muslims. They often speak “street” with its own grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. In other European countries and in the sub-continent argot and slang are not allowed into the classrooms. In Britain primary school teachers do not feel that it’s role to interfere with self-expression in any shape or form. They encourage children to read poems and stories written in ethnic dialects.

    There are couples of state schools in Birmingham and Harrow 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.
    Iftikhar Ahmad
    London School of Islamics Trust
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

    • Anonymous says:

      Why the hell are OUR children being forced to eat halal and to partake in islamic religious ritual?
      It is TOTALLY unacceptable and I usggest you all go vegetarian and leave us to eat what we damn well want to in OUR own ancestral homeland

      Sick of the muslim tail wagging the dog.

  2. Anonymous says:

    WHY TO ALL CHILDREN? !!!!!

    COULD ALWAYS MOVE TO A MUSLIM COUNTRY IF THEY ARE NOT HAPPY IN A CHRISTIAN ONE…..

  3. Anonymous says:

    If diet is that important to these people they should be supplying their kids with halal packed lunches so they can be certain. It’s disgusting that the authority is inflicting halal meat on everyone with no choice so as to placate muslims.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The disgusting thing here is the lady lost her job, this is a christian country and halal should only be served to muslims at extra cost, if thats not satisfactory tough move to a muslim country that caters for your needs

  5. Anonymous says:

    WHY TO ALL CHILDREN? !!!!!

    COULD ALWAYS MOVE TO A MUSLIM COUNTRY IF THEY ARE NOT HAPPY IN A CHRISTIAN ONE.

    If diet is that important to these people they should be supplying their kids with halal packed lunches so they can be certain. It’s disgusting that the authority is inflicting halal meat on everyone with no choice so as to placate muslims

  6. Operation Revolution says:

    this makes me sick. this country has failed its British people. Halal meat? why should we be made to eat meat that has to meet another religions requirements.
    This message could be blocked. why??? why are we forced to live like them. if we wanted this we would go over to their country. but hey their system is not as good as ours
    Operation Revolution

  7. syedzahidali71@gmail.com says:

    i agery wihe halal

  8. Anonymous says:

    Halal meat is at no extra cost so stop chatting crap and regarding tge contry we hav alot of non muslims in our contry too

  9. Anonymous says:

    The halal method of slaughter was the most humane way of killing an animal for meat and ensuring its freshness at the time the Quran was written…. back in the Bronze Age.

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