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British Airways takes beef off the menu to avoid offending HindusLast updated at 16:37pm on 09.05.08For decades the national dish has been a staple meal on the national carrier.But now British Airways has taken beef off the menu for economy passengers amid concerns about its "religious restrictions".The airline has instead switched to a fish pie or chicken dish option for the so-called "cattle class" passengers.BA's second-biggest long-haul market is to India, where the majority Hindu population do not eat beef because of their beliefs.Scroll down for more...In-flight food: BA passengers will be served a chicken or fish meal after beef has been taken off the menuThe decision to scrap the nation's favourite fare was described as a "great shame" by the English Beef and Lamb Executive, formerly part of the Meat and Livestock Commission.A spokesman said: "It is regrettable that Britain's flag carrier is not proposing to serve Britain's national dish."It is a meal we are rightly proud of. Roast beef and beefeaters are symbols or Britain used to promote tourism."Our beef is also much in demand overseas. It is predominately grass fed and highly praised for its flavour."It is obviously up to British Airways to decide what they serve on flights, but beef is an ideal meat for making into airline meals." A BA spokesman said the it stopped serving beef to economy class passengers last month.He added: "We can only serve two options and beef and pork obviously have religious restrictions."We have to try to use two meals which appeal to as many customers as possible. This summer season we are offering customers in World Traveller on most longhaul flights a choice of chicken and tarragon or fish pie."We also look at trends from major supermarkets to see what types of meals are popular and fish pie style meals are selling well at the moment."These two meals proved popular in tasting tests and are also proving popular on board."It has nothing to do with the fear of causing offence - we always offer alternative meals for people with special dietary requirements if they order in advance."We are still serving beef based meals on certain menus in First Class and Club World and are currently deciding on whether or not to use beef on the menus for World Traveller customers for the winter season."The Hindu Council UK said: "The Hindu community will welcome this decision and the news it has been made partly because Hindus don't eat beef."Hindus have a great deal of respect for British culture and are well integrated into the British way of life, so it's good to see evidence of how they are literally flying the British flag by choosing British Airways."That said, Hindus are tolerant of the beliefs of others and do not expect everyone to stop eating a food because they do not eat it."In the past three months world beef prices have risen from about £2,500 a tonne to more than £4,000 a tonne, largely because of the weakening dollar and rising feed costs.BA also said that cost is not a reason for the decision to stop serving beef.Ask for a flippin kosher meal thenhttp://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article...ndus/article.do

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Pure stupidness... If you don't want to eat beef pick something else... it's not like Indian airlines offer British people something other than their dishes... even their movies are all indian movies ffs.

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they better have pork or its Virgin Atlantic from now on

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Lol, f*ck*ng stupid.Why dont they take meat off the menu all together so they dont offer it to vegetarians :D

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Bad move for BA because they will be making more people angry than those they're pleasing. Doesn't bother me personally I can go a plane flight without eating beef . . .

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dont think anyone will even noticebut this is stupidif yr hindo and dnt want beef then tell them init. fs

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I dont fly for the foodIm sure this wernt asked for by the Hindu communityThis is the kinda stuff companies/goverments do and causes more racial tension than anything else.I see Hindus going to Macdonalds all the time, they just order Mc chicken sandwitch or nuggets instead...

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Cant do sh*t in this country now without offending someoneWhen PC goes TOO far part 3846762
Believe.Me and my bredrins were talking about this yesterday. This country has no backbone when it comes to this.You think this would happen in America, Nigeria or...pretty much anywhere else? If you go anywhere else, you live by their rules. I mean you can celebrate and embrace your own culture but this is beyond ridiculous.

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LMAO pathetic f*ck hindusWhen i head to america this christmas i want my beef on my f*ck*ng plate

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I dont fly for the foodIm sure this wernt asked for by the Hindu communityThis is the kinda stuff companies/goverments do and causes more racial tension than anything else.I see Hindus going to Macdonalds all the time, they just order Mc chicken sandwitch or nuggets instead...
Truth herePure bureaucratic bullshit

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load of bollocks, can't they just have the vegetarian option?

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Cant do sh*t in this country now without offending someoneWhen PC goes TOO far part 3846762
AgreedFIRST christmas play get wiped out by some schools becuase they dont want to offend others.NOW this Christ To eager to please everybody

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The whole situations a farce , for the simple fact has anyone complained about beef being in the menu?And how can they be offended for beef being in the menu, if you don't want summit don't buy it! I don't like f*ck*ng strawberries but is that taken off the friggin menu? No. f*ck*ng bullshit , I'm offended because they don't sell akki and saltfish ,therefore to please me and many other black people they should put it in the menu. I'm telling ya the Asians dictate this country!!

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