‘Meatball war’: Danish town fights back after Muslims demand restaurants remove pork from menus

A town in Denmark has taken sweeping measures to fight back against Muslims who have demanded that restaurant’s accommodate their cuisine preferences.

The town of Randers’ took a bold move by requiring all municipal restaurants to offer pork items on their menu.

It’s the latest blow in what has been dubbed “the meatball war,” which started in 2013, when certain day-cares removed pork items from their menus in deference to Islamic custom, the Daily Mail reported.

“We will ensure that Danish children and youth can have pork in the future,” town councilman in Randers, Frank Nørgaard, told Randers Amtsavis.

“We just want to ensure pork in our institutions for those who want it. This isn’t about a general distrust of our institutions’ leaders, but more and more places around the country are trying to sneak through [policies that say] there shouldn’t be pork served in the institutions,” he continued.

The Danish People’s Party said it was fighting to preserve the country’s food culture.

“The DPP is working nationally and locally for Danish culture, including Danish food culture, and consequently we also fight against Islamic rules and misguided considerations dictating what Danish children eat,” DPP spokesman Martin Henriksen wrote in a post on Facebook according to the Daily Mail.

A survey run by tabloid Ekstra Bladet found that only 30 out of the country’s 1,719 daycare institutions had either stopped serving pork or switched to halal meat, meaning meat that was prepared following Muslim rules.

The DPP agreed in November 2013 to abandon a closely-fought mayoral campaign in suburban Copenhagen if the incumbent promised to serve more pork meatballs in public canteens, as well as bring back the town’s official Christmas tree.

Sales of pork products and live pigs in Denmark account for around five percent of the country’s exports.


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