Pamela Geller, a conservative activist and expert on Islam, says that much of the meat purchased in grocery stores by everyday Americans happens to be halal.
“A great deal of meat sold in this country is halal but is not labeled is such,” she wrote for her website,PamelaGeller.com. “It’s a scandal — but an established practice: meat packers generally do not separate halal meat from non-halal meat, and do not label halal meat as such.”
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This is an outrage. If the roles were were reversed and it was Muslims being ignored, Muslims whose dietary religious traditions being violated, all hell would break loose.
Halal refers to an Islamic form of animal slaughtering that involves killing the beast by cutting its jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe, according to the BBC News. Some people dislike this form of animal slaughtering for a variety of reasons, and as such, Geller believes halal meat should be labeled.
In Arabic, the word “halal” means “permitted” or “lawful” and defines anything that is allowed or lawful according to the Quran, as Subway explains on its U.K. website.
Campbell Soup Co. also caused a stir when it launched an expanded line of vegetarian soups all certified as halal.
McDonald’s has offered halal meat in Muslim areas such as Dearborn, Michigan, for years.
But according to established practice, most meat packers do not separate halal meat from non-halal meat, and do not label halal meat as such.
“It’s a scandal,” Geller writes.
“We attempted to right that wrong. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has for four years now ignored, shelved, or just plain refused to rule on our petition.”