Provision of Halal meat to students within any of your catering or retail facilities

Kenny Green made this Freedom of Information request to Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

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Dear Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge,

I understand that each of the 31 Cambridge Colleges are a separate legal entity and public authority under the Freedom of Information Act.

I would like details of your policy regarding Halal meat products within your food and catering facilities at both King's College and King's College School.

*This may be in (but not limited to) communal dining rooms, halls of residence, restaurants, cafes, shops, student union facilities or any other food outlet.

1. Do you only serve or sell Halal meat products or is Halal only available upon request?

2. Please list which products are Halal?
For example: all Chicken products are Halal or all Chicken and Lamb are Halal but Beef is not and so on.

3. Where a specific meat product is Halal, are non-halal meat alternatives provided for those that wish to abstain?
For example: all Chicken products are by default Halal but a non-halal chicken product is available upon request.

4. Are Halal products clearly labelled as such at the point of sale or service?

5. Are you able to verify, or do you have a policy to check, that any animal used in your Halal meat products was stunned before slaughter?

6. Do you or any of your suppliers hold any form of Halal certification from bodies such as; Halal Food Authority (HFA), The Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) or any other organisation and if so, please state who and supply a copy of the certificate?

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Kenny Green

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

To: Kenny Green

By email: <[FOI #256005 email]>

Dear Mr Green

Our Ref: F2015-010 Provision of Halal meat

In response to your FOI request, set out below, I would first like to draw
you attention to the fact that Lucy Cavendish College is an independent
charitable body entirely separate from King's College and King's College
School. The responses given relate solely to Lucy Cavendish College.

1. Do you only serve or sell Halal meat products or is Halal only available
upon request?

Only available on request.

2. Please list which products are Halal?
For example: all Chicken products are Halal or all Chicken and Lamb are
Halal but Beef is not and so on.

We aim to provide whatever the student had requested, if it is available
from our suppliers.

3. Where a specific meat product is Halal, are non-halal meat alternatives
provided for those that wish to abstain?
For example: all Chicken products are by default Halal but a non-halal
chicken product is available upon request.

There is always a choice of meat.

4. Are Halal products clearly labelled as such at the point of sale or
service?

Halal products are not labelled as such, since they must be ordered in
advance. They are served separately and only to those who have specifically
requested them.

5. Are you able to verify, or do you have a policy to check, that any animal
used in your Halal meat products was stunned before slaughter?

We check and are guided on this through our approved meat suppliers.

6. Do you or any of your suppliers hold any form of Halal certification from
bodies such as; Halal Food Authority (HFA), The Halal Monitoring Committee
(HMC) or any other organisation and if so, please state who and supply a
copy of the certificate?

No, we have not asked our suppliers to prove certification.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint, you should write to me, at the address
below.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
provided by the College. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,
Alison Vinnicombe

Ms Alison A Vinnicombe | Registrar & Fellow
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU
T. 01223 339240 F. 01223 332178 E. [Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge request email] W.
www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
Lucy Cavendish College Registered Charity No: 1137875

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Dear Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge,

Thank you for your email and for kindly supplying all of the information that I requested.

Yours faithfully,

Kenny Green

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