Government accused of insensitivity after sending shielding Muslims pork in food packages

The UK government has been accused of cultural and moral insensitivity for sending pork products to clinically vulnerable Muslim families who have been shielding during the pandemic.

In a letter to the Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, the Labour MP Imran Hussain said his vulnerable constituents were having to choose between eating and their religious or ethical belief. He wrote “this is deeply insensitive to our religious communities”.

Tins of sausages and beans, and lentil and bacon soup were among the items sent to Muslim families in food boxes delivered to people who can’t leave their home due to underlying health conditions, including those from Muslim, Sikh and Jewish communities, many of whom only eat meat prepared in accordance with their religions.

More than three million food boxes, or 290,000 a week, had been delivered under its contract with the wholesalers Brakes and Bidfood since the end of March, says the government figures.

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