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Muslim pupils given food apology
School dinner
None of the pupils ate the sausage rolls served to them mistakenly
Parents of Muslim pupils at a Cardiff school have received an apology after their youngsters were served sausage rolls by dinner ladies, it has emerged.

The mistake was noticed before any of the pupils at Mount Stuart Primary, Butetown, ate the food. Islamic dietary laws forbid Muslims from touching pork.

A councillor said local Muslims had suffered "deep upset" at the incident.

A Cardiff City council spokeswoman apologised for the mistake, blaming "a lapse of supervision".

She said members of the local authority's schools catering service were to have a further meeting with parents, teachers and governors to discuss the incident at the school to ensure it was not repeated.

Councillor Mohammed-Sarul Islam said he wanted the next full council meeting to explain how the mix-up happened.

He said: "Some children came home and refused to go back to school because the dinner ladies served them sausage rolls.

"This has caused deep upset and is absolutely outrageous. How can a mistake like this happen?"

The Cardiff City council spokeswoman said the incident had been a mistake and the members of staff responsible would not be facing disciplinary action.

She added a wide range of food had been offered to youngsters at the school on 6 December, when "children with a preference for non-pork products were served meat-based sausage rolls".

'Diet and religious preferences'

She said: "Pupils did not consume the food as the mistake was detected in time and the food was removed immediately.

"Cardiff Catering remains committed to providing meals suitable for all schoolchildren throughout the city and continues to work with the Muslim Council for Wales on ways to best serve the Muslim community.

"In this particular school, the catering service addresses both diet and religious preferences serving several options of meals every day."

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