Pork Banned from Federal Prisons

 In Cuisine, Domestic, opinion, religion

Federal inmates can now have …turkey bacon- because prisoners are so much more “health conscious” now. But pork products have been banned, ostensibly because “inmates don’t like pork,” according to a survey conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Ibrahim Hooper from CAIR praised the decision.

“In general we welcome the change because it’s facilitating the accommodation of Muslim inmates. We hope it’s not an indication of an increasing number of Muslims in the prison system. This is just the kind of thing that drives them [anti-Islam groups] crazy. It will stoke the fires of Islamophobia based on the usual conspiracy theories.” Ibrahim Hooper

Pork products are banned in federal prisons (as of Oct 1). The excuse is that inmates don’t like pork. The Federal Bureau of Prisons also says that pork is too expensive. That actual answer may lie in convenience for prison kitchen staff and the issue of inmate differences.

Federal inmates will no longer be allowed pork for their daily menu

No more bacon or pulled pork sandwiches

Pork Chops, Bacon- real bacon the kind that makes food taste good, pork loin that can easily be made into sandwiches, these are the things they have banned. And pork is slightly cheaper than beef, so the price argument is shall we say not quite right.

Then let’s look at the leanness of pork. A 6 ounce lean  pork chop contains around 200 calories and 3 grams of fat. A 6 ounce lean hamburger patty if prepared properly has around 164 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat.  Not much difference there.

In federal prisons for 2016, you can have a fish sandwich on a hamburger bun. You can have hamburger on a hamburger bun. Or a chicken sandwich on a hamburger bun. And by golly, on Saturdays at lunch it says “hot dogs” on the menu (on hot dog buns). Of course since pork products are banned, they are probably beef or chicken dogs.

Or you can have soy substitutes for anything. Yum Yum.  And turkey bacon… grrrr. That should oughtta reduce recidivism in the prison system- just make sure their food is so bad no one wants to return there.

Pork Industry upset

The Washington Post reported,

“…I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, ‘No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,’” said Dave Warner, a spokesman for the Washington-based trade association, which represents the nation’s hog farmers.

“We’re going to find out how this came about and go from there,” Warner said. “We wouldn’t rule out any options to resolve this.” He said the association “is still formulating our strategy” to reverse the prison decision, which the industry first learned about Monday…”

Bacon… real bacon

There are slightly less than 206,000 federal inmates, some of which have actually complained about the lack of pork on the menu.

A former Federal inmate we spoke to says that there were only a couple of pork choices for the menu anyway. He stated it is difficult for  the prison cooks to make separate meals for each different inmate, which is a likely reason they banned the pork products – Muslim and Jewish inmates won’t eat them.

Federal inmates can still buy pork products at the commissary- things like pork rinds, and precooked bacon, for example.

The real reason pork banned? It’s easier

There are other jail facilities around the U.S. that have prohibited pork products, like Tarrant County jails. But the Texas Department of Criminal Justice still serves pork and even has their own pork processing plant. So why have some places banned pork? It’s easier.

So as far as being an “islamophobe” goes,  Ibrahim Hooper, here is the bottom line for pork products being banned. Let’s cut the b.s. excuses and tell the truth.

“In our contract with respective food vendors we express that there will be no pork products served. Simply, it just makes it easier so we don’t violate any medical or religious diets of any kind.” Tarrant County Jail spokesman Terry Grisham

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