The Danish Halal Federation is calling for more stringent controls of meat
following the Food Standards Agency’s discovery of traces of pork in a
consignment of shawarma meat.
The federation of 52 Muslim association’s reaction comes following the
discovery in a random sample of meat from Denmark’s largest shawarma
producer and distributor Anadolu Kød. The consignment concerned had not left
the Anadolu stores.
The discovery of pork traces in popular shawarma meat is likely to cause
consternation within Muslim communities, for whom the consumption of any
type of pork is forbidden.
“We must get this market under control… We are not surprised that pork has
been found in shawarma meat. We know that questionable meat is stamped as
halal,” says Kamran Iqbal, the Danish Halal treasurer and board member.
The Food Standards Agency found pork traces in the meat during an
extraordinary inspection campaign called for by the European Union in the
wake of the recent horsemeat scandal.
Danish Halal says that it sees marketing meat as halal, when it is not, is a
misleading food declaration.
As a result, Danish Halal is looking to set up an independent, non-profit
inspection regime to make sure that animals are slaughtered following
religious rules, and find out whether pork is mixed into halal meat.
Kamran Iqbal says that halal has become ‘big business’. “It’s not like in the
good old days with a butcher that everyone knew. We have entered into a
dialogue with abattoirs that produce halal. Britain and France have
certification – which is something we also should have in Denmark,” Kamran
Based on politiken.dk’s disclosure of pork in halal meat, Danish Halal has
contacted Anadolu Kør for an explanation.
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