Halal certification. It’s a business thing.

Our thanks to an EBF supporter who sent in this article explaining the reality of Halal (and other) food certification labels.

6 halalOn Britain First you’ll often see lots of people who are upset about halal food. Never Shechita (Kosher), by the way, just halal. Many claimed that they are ‘not bothered about animal welfare’ but that they don’t want to eat anything that’s had a ‘mumbo jumbo prayer to a false god’ said over it. Most conflate non stunned slaughter with ‘halal’ not realising, or not wanting to know that ‘halal’ covers a much wider range than the method of slaughter and the saying of a blessing. Halal simply means ‘permissible’, something that’s allowed. Anything that is not allowed is ‘haram’ All of the major Abrahamic religions have dietary restrictions. Christians, Jews and Muslims are not supposed to eat pork, and Christians are forbidden to eat shellfish.

2 vegetarian societyLeviticus 11:7-8  :

And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

4 veganLeviticus 11:10 : But anything in the seas or the rivers that has not fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you.

Shellfish and Pork are ‘haram’ to Christians, Jews and Muslims although it seems that Jews and Muslims are much more likely to observe these laws.

1 Gluten freeIn addition, while alcohol is not strictly forbidden in the bible, drunkeness is frowned upon Galatians 5:21 : Envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Since practicing Muslims and Jews observe these religious dietary requirements, they are careful about what they eat.  Some products may contain gelatin derived from pigs and some may have ‘hidden’ alcohol.

It’s pretty obvious that you are buying pork if you buy pork chops or bacon, it’s pretty obvious that you are buying alcohol if you buy a bottle of wine – but some products have hidden pork products and may contain alcohol. Did you know that fruit pastels contain gelatin? Did you know that baked products containing vanilla extract may contain alcohol? If these ingredients are forbidden for you to eat, wouldn’t you like to know that they are in the product so you can avoid it? What about if you are a vegetarian? Or need a gluten free diet? Perhaps you’re allergic to dairy, or prefer your produce to be organic or soil association approved. Vegetarians and vegans would also need to avoid those fruit pastels.

3 soil associationFor many years, people with special dietary requirements have had to stand about in the supermarket aisles, trying to read the small print on the back of the products – and some of it is VERY small. It used to be the case that anyone with these dietary needs had to spend a lot of time carefully selecting products, or stick to the few they knew were safe to eat if in a hurry.

But the food industry is big business and could easily lose sales if they are missing out on the purchasing power of a percentage of the population. Not about to miss out on business, food certification became an eye catching way to make sure that your product is SEEN to be safe, and seen quickly. Certification boards were set up to inspect food for it’s content. If the food met the boards standards they were awarded with a label that set their product visibly apart from others (that may also be safe to consume.) The boards charge the manufacturers a fee to display such labelling but this is a worthwhile overhead for manufacturers to have.  It’s a form of advertising. Those certification labels shout loudly from the shelves that the product is safe to consume, whatever dietary requirement it meets.

It is much easier and quicker to shop when you can look for a familiar and trusted logo on show, and you are more likely to choose the product that you can easily SEE is safe to consume, than to read all the small print on others, which might be equally safe. So food certification applies to many food types.

Halal certification is a business thing.

It’s not funding terrorism, it’s increasing the manufacturers sales, which makes it simply good business sense to have your food products certified ‘safe’ to consume, for every consumer.

Remember too, that air is also halal, and take a good deep breath of fresh air, and count to ten the next time you have to explain to a bigot the way business works for increased profits. 
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23 thoughts on “Halal certification. It’s a business thing.

  1. At last a blog with which I can agree completely!! Many thanks for your excellent explanation. However, I shall continue eating pork and shellfish and drinking my favourite Chardonnay!

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    • Careful, David. You might be damned to Hell if you carry on eating bacon so unrepentantly. I’m told that your God’s very uncompromising about things like that. 😉

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  2. The Lord never discussed or commented on food either haram or halal.He only said that the waste from people’s bodies was unclean-which most people would agree with.Jesus Christ would even pardon a sinner like me!!

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  3. The irony is that the same Biffers that (falsely) claim that a Halal certification signifies donation of profits to Jihadists (also false), have the cheek to piss and moan about food not being marked as Halal so they can avoid it…Are they pro or anti Halal markings, help me out here…?

    Re: the above comment from David Woolmer about not consuming “body waste” goes some way to explaining the original motivation for religious dietary laws; pigs lived in their own sewerage, shellfish ate the shit off the ocean floor – all of that was a primitive way of explaining food hygiene by our modern understanding. In hot desert countries without modern refrigeration, high-risk pathogen-carrying foods such as pork and shellfish were seen as dangerous, which translated into religious law – they knew it was bad but thought it was God rather than bacteria that was killing everyone.

    Same reason Halal/Kosher slaughter exists, blood-borne pathogens resulted in disease so they came up with methods of slaughter that drained all of the blood from the animal before preparation for eating, along with spicing (see Curry), salting (salt beef), pickling (Achaar), fermenting, etc. There are all sorts of scriptural explanations for these practices but it was a pragmatic approach to to food hygiene at the time. Biffers say Halal is “backward” but it pre-empted quite a lot of what is standard practice in catering nowadays.

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    • chefnimo, very many thanks for your excellent explanatory post. You surely do know your stuff. Does the first part of your name signify your profession?

      I should have thought that BF would insist on halal logos(if that is the right word) to be displayed by all outlets like restaurants and supermarkets so that any which did not display them would be liable for one of their “visits”similar to their mosque ones and threaten further “action” if these outlets did not conform.That is BF’s standard practice now it seems.

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  4. As far as halal and haram is concerned I can understand the reluctance by non-muslims,especially by many Christians not to want to eat halal meat because of the prayer made to Allah on the killing of the animal. Jews,of course,also eat only halal meat but I do not believe that a prayer is used in the killing. I would hope that chefnimo could confirm this?

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    • I’m intrigued. Given that Christians also pray over food (say Grace) and given that it’s the same God of the Old Testament (Arabic Christians pray to Allah – the Arabic word for God/YHWH) why does the prayer matter, David?

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      • Really,ebfblogger, as Muhammad was SO lax in choosing the name for his “God” from the hundreds of Allahs worshiped by arabs for hundreds of years before he arrived on the scene does not mean that HIS God and ours is the same in any way. Arabic Christians praying to Allah does NOT mean Muhammad’s Allah of course!

        Is it always to be the case that you just cannot bear to let one of my posts go free of any negative comment from you??

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        • Many of your comments go without my involvement. I asked a question. Nothing negative in that. How do you feel about Other Christian denomoinations Gods like that of the Methodists or the Roman Catholics for example? Or is that a different God too?

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    • To answer the first question, yes I’m a chef – only a commis but I read a lot about food in my spare time, particularly where it relates to current affairs as I studied politics at uni, long before I committed to live & die by the stove…

      Re: your question about Kosher slaughter and prayer, as I recall, there is a prayer or blessing read by a Rabbi at the time of slaughter, as with Halal. I could go on but have a busy day tomorrow, will try to elaborate another day.

      And seriously, you lot need to play nicely with each other or you’re all on pot-wash duty,,,;)

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  5. I don’t follow any religion but nothing at all mentioned here about animals not being stunned and being hung with their throat slit to bleed to death? No slaughter is nice, but this is barbaric…The wording is irrelevant – it’s surely about the treatment of animals?

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    • Except that the Biffers have no issue with Kosher slaughter which is very similar. The reality is that BF’s objection to Halal slaughtered meat is just another Biffer excuse to oppose Islam.

      If the Biffers opposed Kosher slaughter too they’d have more credibility but given that at least some of their funding comes from wealthy Jewish backers (just as the EDL’s did before them) they can’t.

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  6. Where do you get the idea that Christians cannot eat pork or shellfish? These are Old Testament rules (therefore apply to Jews). In The Acts of the Apostles, you will find that God declared ALL foods ‘clean’ for the Christian

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