Kindergartens and hospitals must continue to serve pork roasts and meatballs because “they are part of Danish culinary tradition,” says Denmark’s prime minister, Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt, in an interview with daily Jyllands-Posten.

The issue has been fuelling debate in Denmark since the beginning of the summer, when several kindergartens decided to stop providing pork because Muslim children were refusing to eat it.

The prime minister also suggested that meat that is halal [slaughtered according to Muslim rites] should be labelled as such so that Danes will know when they are eating it. However, she says there will be no law requiring it.