- خبر من مصادر إنجليزية.
أكد الدكتور "علي سليم" - المتحدث باسم مسلمي "أيرلندا" - أن العثور على الحمض النووي للخنزير ضمن منتجات اللحوم الحلال التي تنتجها شركة McColgan بمقاطعة "تيرون" بـ"أيرلندا الشمالية" سوف تؤثر بشكل كبير على سمعة اللحوم الأيرلندية.
وجاءت هذه التصريحات على إثر سحب الشركة كميات كبيرة من اللحوم الحلال عقب العثور على أثر للحوم الخنزير؛ حيث أكد الدكتور "سليم" أنه على الرغم من السمعة الطيبة للحوم الأيرلندية بين المسلمين في "المملكة المتحدة" و"أيرلندا"، إلا أنه بعد الواقعة الأخيرة يجب تحليل وفحص اللحوم، وأشار إلى أن أكل لحوم الخنزير محرم لدي المسلمين مثل تعاطي المخدرات.
وتعليقًا على تلك لتصريحات أشار "جيري ماكردي" إلى أن ما تم العثور عليه جزئيات بسيطة، تم التعرف عليها من الحمض النووي، وهو ما ربما يكون ناتجًا عن التلوث من أي شيء آخر غير لحوم الخنزير؛ كالسوائل والدم وغيرهما؛ المصدر: شبكة الألوكة.
يرجى الإشارة إلى المصدر عند نقل الخبر - شبكة الألوكة.
Muslim leader: Pork DNA find could hit Irish beef sales
A leader of Ireland's Muslims has warned that the discovery of pork DNA in halal products could damage the reputation of Irish meat.
Tyrone food company McColgan's and distributors 3663 withdrew products after pork traces were found in pies meant for English and Irish jails.
Islamic dietary rules mean Muslims eat only halal meat and no pork at all.
Dr Ali Saleem said on RTE's Morning Ireland that for a Muslim, eating pork was "equivalent to taking drugs".
He said Irish beef had a "wonderful reputation among Muslims in Britain and Ireland" but it would now have to be tested by the Muslim community's own agencies.
The Food Standards Agency NI, however, said no pork meat was found in halal products meant for prisons in England and Wales.
County Tyrone food company McColgan's and distributors 3663 withdrew products after traces of pork DNA were found.
The tests were carried out following the discovery of horse meat in beefburgers produced in County Monaghan.
The burgers had been on sale in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
McColgan's and 3663 said they were co-operating with the Food Standards Agency.
Gerry McCurdy of the Food Standards Agency said the matter "was not being treated as a public health issue".
"There is no evidence at this point in time to suggest we are dealing with food safety matters," he said.
"This isn't about meat as we would know it being found, this is about DNA at very, very low levels being found in product.
"This can be caused by very minute particles, by presence of possible bloods and liquids presence.
"So there is a whole range of ways in which DNA can actually be present and can cross-contaminate onto the actual meat that is in the produce.
"This is primarily a matter of ensuring that consumers have the information they require to make informed choices about the products that they are buying."
Mr McCurdy said the two companies concerned, McColgan's and 3663, were very proactive in relation to their responsibilities.
"Once they became aware that they had got batches of product that was contaminated with DNA, they immediately quarantined and recalled all of that produce from sale.
"So consumers need to be aware that this produce was destined specifically for the custodial premises in England and Wales only.
"That product was not on sale to the general public or other institutions."
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