Global halal standard is needed says Eblex report
A single, global halal standard is needed if the UK halal meat industry is to move forward and develop further to reduce confusion, the findings of a new halal report by Eblex has found.
The Halal meat market: Specialist supply chain structures and consumer purchase and consumption profiles in England, described as the first authoritative study of the halal red meat industry in England, has concluded that most of the halal abattoirs interviewed want a single acceptable standard to bring clarity to processors. However, the abattoirs were uncertain who should be responsible for developing a standard, nor indeed where it should originate.
Eblex halal steering group chairman Simon Warren said: “It is clear from the report that there is no universally agreed and accepted standard for meat to be halal. This is a matter as much for the certification bodies responsible for halal assu-rance schemes as it is for the supply chain itself, which may welcome a single, global halal standard.”
He added that it was right for Eblex to publish the report, as even though Muslims represent 3% of the UK population, they consume 20% of all the lamb sold in the UK.
Steering group member and Janan Meat MD Naved Syed added: “This an excellent piece of research. The researcher spoke to 1,000 Muslim consumers on a one-to-one basis. I hope the public issue of this report will improve the understanding of halal meat for both Muslim and non-Muslim consumers.”
The research has also found that the opportunities to develop the market include appealing to young Muslim consumers, for example, with convenience products such as ready-meals and prepared sandwiches using halal meat as well as a wider range of cuts.
Meanwhile, an MP has called for action to be taken on food labelling after discovering that halal poultry meat has been “unknowingly” supplied to the House of Commons catering department.
Greg Knight MP (Con) has found out that the Commons was supplied halal poultry without catering staff’s knowledge, as well as stating that much of the bacon on the shelves of supermarkets is from foreign reared pigs yet is labelled as British.
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