Prisoners demand high level talks over lack of vegan mince as bosses feared ‘unrest’

Jail bosses held an urgent meeting with prisoners because they ran out of VEGAN MINCE.

They have been struggling to keep up with demand for meat-free helpings of cottage pie and spaghetti bolognese.

Fearing unrest, bosses arranged talks with vegan inmates at category C Ashfield jail, near Bristol.

A source said: “This can sound trivial but when you’re in prison meals are one of the only things to look forward to.

“There was a feeling among the vegan lot they were being treated as second class because their grub wasn’t available.”

Inmates were told there were supply chain issues and urged to be patient.

The insider added: “It seemed to quell the problem.” A vegan prisoner has now been appointed to a new role in the kitchen to
advise cooks.

Privately-run Ashfield, home to 420 men, is rated as one of the best jails for food standards.

But a report by prison watchdog the Independent Monitoring Board said it had struggled to supply vegan mince.

The report said: “Compared with other establishments, Ashfield does provide a reasonable vegan selection but it is a different range from that available in most prisons due to differing suppliers.

“One notable difference is the availability of vegan mince, which Ashfield’s suppliers struggle to supply.

“There has been a minority of prisoners with particular dietary needs who have felt that the catering department does not accommodate them sufficiently, resulting in complaints.

“The group with the most complaints has been vegans, who have had concerns about the level of protein and the lack of variety.

“Meeting with vegan prisoners to discuss issues has led to better understanding of supply issues.”

Campaigners have long called for more vegan options behind bars.

Last year there were said to be 600,000 vegans in Britain, around one per cent of the population.

That suggests there could be around 800 vegans among our 80,000 cons.