UK: Muslim-only kitchen kit for jails

Jails are spending thousands on colour-coded kitchen tools for Muslims, it was revealed last night.

They are getting special red handled equipment to prepare Halal meals.

The move comes after an MPs’ committee recommended more should be done to meet the needs of Muslim prisoners.

So far 900 kits — costing £500 to £800 — have gone to jails across the UK.

The Koran prohibits eating pig meat, which is considered unclean. So the serving spoons, ice cream scoops and ladles are kept in special locked chests to prevent contamination by those used for other inmates.

But many of the UK’s 7,000 Muslim prisoners think the kits are a step too far.

A Muslim in Wakefield jail, Yorks, said: “We’ve all eaten in restaurants where no one cares how food is prepared. None except the strictest Muslims bother to check whether different equipment is used — it’s a waste of money.”

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “A comprehensive policy is in place for all aspects of Halal products including storage, cooking and service.”

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