Sunday, 2 February 2014

Norwegian Minister: ‘Don’t Stop Serving Pork to Appease Muslims’

Norway’s agriculture minister has called on the country’s prisons, hospitals and nursery schools to serve more pork, claiming that the meat is being pulled off the menu to avoid offending the country’s Muslim minority.

We cannot stop serving pork because Muslims have moved to Norway,” Sylvi Listhaug (pictured), a politician for the right-wing Progress Party, said this week.

Those responsible for food in public institutions should make put pork is on the menu, and then make sure that those who do not eat pork, can get something else,” she said.

Bjorn-Ole Juul-Hansen, Managing Director of the Norwegian meat industry association, told NRK that public institutions in the country were serving pork less often, although he could provide no statistics to back up the claim.

Our members feel that many public institutions, nurseries and municipal catering departments often opt out of pork in the interests of a small minority,” he said.

Willy Haugen, who controls the catering for Oslo prison, said that he only serves pork on average once a fortnight.

“There are practical reasons why pork has been downgraded,” he said.

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