Pork meat from Slovenia has been found in halal-marked salami sold
in Sweden, the Swedish National Food Agency said yesterday.
“We are now going to inform the EU about our analyses and follow
up with the company that sold this wrongly labeled salami in
Sweden,” agency spokeswoman Louise Nyholm said in a statement.
“It is unacceptable that products
that are labeled halal contain pork meat. There are a lot of
people who absolutely do not want to eat pork meat, so it’s
important that companies take responsibility and verify that their
products are not sold on false grounds,” she added.
Pork consumption is prohibited under
The agency did not disclose how much
falsely marked meat had been sold or for how long it had been on
The Islamic halal method of killing
an animal requires its throat to be slit and the blood to be
drained. The method is forbidden in Sweden because the animals are
not anaesthetized before slaughter.
The food agency said the salami contained around 10 percent pork
meat, far above the one-percent level usually considered as
The agency said it had tested 99
food products for pork DNA, nine of which tested positive.
Eight of the samples contained less
than one percent pork, and of those, seven had less than 0.1
European countries have stepped up
food controls in response to the recent food scandal which saw
millions of frozen ready meals pulled off supermarket shelves
after tests showed meat labeled as beef contained large quantities