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Pork, horsemeat found in Bahrain food items

Health ministry pulls out 22 products for breaking rules

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 16:07 August 1, 2013
  • Gulf News

Manama: Bahrain’s health ministry said that it had pulled out 22 imported products after inspection teams found them contaminated with either pork or horsemeat.

The tests, by the ministry in collaboration with the national laboratory and the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), covered 172 canned meat brands carrying the beef label and sold at supermarkets and fast food chains in the country. The products that were tested were from various countries, including Bahrain and the Gulf.

The ministry said that six products contained pork while 16 had horsemeat and that their labels did not refer to either.

According to the ministry, the test included only canned meat after its previous inspections cleared meat sold at fast food chains and chilled meats found in supermarkets of “contamination.”

The findings are likely to trigger angry reactions by unsuspecting consumers, mainly among Islamists who have been pushing for a blanket ban on pork products in the country.

Consumption of pork is banned in Islam, the major religion of the country, but Bahrain allows its sale in major supermarkets.

The ministry said that it imposed fines on supermarkets that sold pork products next to Halal, meat products for flouting the regulations that stipulate a separate and dedicated area for them.

In its statement, the ministry said that it would continue its “relentless campaign” against health abuses and the import of banned products.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 14:23 August 2, 2013

    This is because the local authorities blindly trust the western multi national companies, who dont care if it is Halal or Haram. They need us just money and business.

    Raj, Chennai, India

  2. Added 11:53 August 2, 2013

    It is better to avoid processed food and in particular processed meat as you will get nightmares if you have a look at what exactly takes place at the factories. I am very apprehensive the so called halal certifications for those processed meat packs as the factory churns out millions of kilograms of meat everyday and it is practically not possible for them to be in cut in a halal manner.

    Faiza, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:42 August 2, 2013

    The above mentioned meat are fine for human consumption as long as they are clinically proven fresh. What you eat or not deems to affect the sentiments of the people who trust the products. But then the type of meat in a packet should be clearly labelled so that you do not betray the emotions of the people.

    Lijo, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:46 August 2, 2013

    Personally, as long as the meat is fit for consumption, I don't really care as long as it tastes OK. Nothing wrong with horsemeat.

    Arthur, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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