12 February 2015

London council defends criticism over claims pork was banned in its primary schools

A north London council has defended itself over criticism it does not serve pork in its primary schools because of the cost of monitoring each child in case they are religiously or culturally forbidden from eating the meat.

The Islington Gazette reported that pork was “banned” in all primary schools in the borough of Islington, but still served in secondary schools.

Islington council reportedly said not having pork on school menus helped keep costs down and reduce food waste. It said it is too expensive to serve because it would require monitoring what every child eats in case they are forbidden from eating pork by their cultural or religious beliefs. [The Independent] Read more