Representatives from Birmingham Central Mosque have been drafted in to help plan a business dinner after last year's event saw n on-halal meat being served to Muslims.

The measure was decided by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce following the mistake which occurred last November at an annual event it organises for the Institute of Asian Businesses (IAB).

To avoid any mix-ups at this year's event, which takes place on November 4, the Chamber brought together representatives from Birmingham Central Mosque and the International Convention Centre, where the dinner will be staged.

The venue's catering team and community leaders discussed halal meat procurement, preparation, transportation, storage, c ooking and serving facilities.

The Chamber's events manager Lisa Ibbotson said: "The ICC has a 15-year record of delivering international cuisine exactly to organisers' requirements and was keen to demonstrate their high standards to the Central Mosque and reassure them the menu will conform exactly to the standards expected.

"The Chamber has a unique role to play in developing this kind of partnership approach using our broad networks across the city. By working together we can ensure that guests at the IAB dinner this year have a thor-oughly enjoyable evening."

N early 200 Muslim guests unwittingly broke Islamic law at the annual IAB dinner last year. The Chamber, which organises the event, admitted the mistake had been the result of confusion over menus.

Abdul Rashid, treasurer of Birmingham Central Mosque, added: "This is a very important issue to the Muslim community and I am pleased that Birmingham Chamber, the ICC and the IAB is respecting our sensitivities. I have met both organisations and the ICC to advise them of the requirements.

"We have recommended suppliers in the Birmingham area and I sincerely hope we can put in procedures to ensure the strict sharia laws regarding Halal meat are complied with."