Halal and Kosher

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Dear Food Standards Agency,

Is it correct or incorrect that all Halal or kosher slaughter of animals is merely subject to an exemption to UK Humane slaughter rules and regulations if that slaughter is demonstrated to show that the consumption is for Muslim and Jewish consumers only?

If it is the case that exemptions apply and there is no general exemption for supermarkets and other retail outlets to sell Halal or Kosher foods to the non muslin and non jewish public, please can you clarify if supermarkets and other retail outlets are breaking the law by so selling?

Yours faithfully,

William Main-Ian

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Doig, Ruiseart, Food Standards Agency

Dear Mr Main-Ian,

 

Thank you for your email of 28 January in which you ask:

 

Is it correct or incorrect that all Halal or kosher slaughter of animals
is merely subject to an exemption to UK Humane slaughter rules and
regulations if that slaughter is demonstrated to show that the consumption
is for Muslim and Jewish consumers only?

 

If it is the case that exemptions apply and there is no general exemption
for supermarkets and other retail outlets to sell Halal or Kosher foods to
the non-muslin and non-Jewish public, please can you clarify if
supermarkets and other retail outlets are breaking the law by so selling?

 

In response, Council Regulation (EC)1099/2009 allows EU member states to
consider derogation from stunning in the case of religious slaughter
taking place in slaughterhouses. However, I will clarify that while Kosher
slaughter is wholly non-stun, some animals killed under the halal method
are stunned. The link below sets out (EC) 1099/2009 in full:

                                                                                                                

[1]http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexU...

 

However, regarding the retail of Halal and Kosher slaughtered meat; this
policy sits with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Defra). FSA does not have responsibility for the labelling and
traceability of meat. Please contact Defra for further information.  Their
contact details can be found at the following link:

[2]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/contact-defra

 

Hope this helps

 

 

Ruiseart Doig

Internal and External Assurance Lead

Animal Welfare and Delivery Assurance Team

 

Food Standards Agency, Room 112, Foss House, Peasholme Green, York, YO1
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