Pork is off the menu in Islington

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Pork is off the menu in Islington

Pork will no longer be on the menu in the primary schools in a north London borough, Islington.

It comes as the council says that it is too hard to monitor which children are allowed to eat it or not, due to their religious beliefs.

The checking process of serving sausages, bacon and pork chops in the canteens is said to be too expensive, so the council has decided to do without it altogether.

Islington Councillor Joe Caluori, the council’s executive member for children and families, defended to the Evening Standard: "By not having pork on the menus in our schools, we can keep down costs and reduce food waste, maximising the schools meal budget in tough financial circumstances.”

Due to religious beliefs Muslim and Jewish children will not eat pork. This has caused local butchers to critisise the move by the council.

Chris Godfrey, owner of Godfrey's butchers in Highbury Park, said: "We are pandering to other religions too much - kids that don't eat pork should take packed lunches. It is not up to us to pander to their requirements."

This new ruling by the council is only affecting the borough’s primary schools currently, as secondary schools can still serve the meat.

It has also been reported that some of the schools have opted for different catering services than the councils provider, and still have the option to serve pork.

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