Once I was in a restaurant and ordered hummus and got baba ghanouj instead. I called no reporters, and none would have done anything if I had called except laugh. Why was Chris Young of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus so interested in this that he made it a news story? He is trying to reinforce the narrative that Muslims in the West are subjected to routine incidences of “Islamophobia” that make life trying and difficult for them. Yes, there are jihad mass murder attacks, but look: pork in cheese and onion rolls!
“Muslim parents horrified to find pork in cheese and onion rolls bought at Tesco in Great Horton Road, Bradford,” by Chris Young, Bradford Telegraph and Argus, March 8, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
MUSLIM parents were horrified after discovering cheese and onion rolls they had given their children were in fact pork.
Waqar Khalil and Malgorzata Walilko bought the snacks from Tesco in Great Horton Road and heated them up and gave them to Sameeh, eight, and Saad Gabriel, six.
Noticing the smell, they checked the rolls, which their children had already started eating, and saw they were pork filled, rather than cheese and onion.
The eating of pork is forbidden for practising Muslims.
A spokesman for the supermarket giant said it was investigating the incident but this was the only complaint it had received about the product.
The couple said the pack of six was clearly marked as cheese and onion, and also had a label on it saying the product was suitable for vegetarians.
The parents have complained to Tesco, which offered an apology, but they refused to accept a £20 voucher to the store.
The couple, who live in Melba Road, Canterbury, Bradford, said the children were upset after they were told the rolls were pork, and they will now have to get rid of kitchen appliances the rolls were in contact with.
Mr Khalil, who is studying for a PhD, said: “We opened the rolls and saw there was sausage inside. We went to the store and spoke to someone in charge.
“We showed him the roll first without any packaging, and he said it was a pork roll. He apologised straight away.
“He offered us a £20 voucher as a good will gesture, but we didn’t take it.”
Mr Khalil said the product appeared to have been removed from the shelf after their complaint.
He added: “We are raising our children as Muslims, so we tell them what is allowed and what is not allowed. They are very upset about this. It’s not their fault.”
Mrs Walilko, a care home worker, added: “It is not just how this could affect Muslims, the package said it was suitable for vegetarians too.
“We aren’t against people eating pork, different people can have different things. We’re not saying it’s wrong, we’re just not allowed it as Muslims.”
The couple has sought advice from Trading Standards and from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Mr Khalil said: “Trading Standards said they will look into the details. Citizens Advice suggested that we write to the head office (at Tesco).”
Mr Khalil is also hoping to bring up the matter with his MP, Imram Hussain (Bradford East, Labour).
A Tesco spokesman said: “We take great care to ensure the food we sell is of the highest quality and correctly labelled with the relevant information on ingredients and nutritional content.
“We have not received any similar complaints but we are investigating the incident.”