13th June 2017
Salaam Gateway recently produced an article on Airline meals, Halal Meals labelled as “Moslem Meals” and are they Halal certified?
We also have contacted airlines before but without the manpower we had to draw a line under it until circumstances change. The bottom line is that we need transparency of all Halal labelling whether it’s called a Moslem meal makes no difference to us BUT what matters is crucial, is it HALAL? Based on UK statistics most Halal production comes from pre-stunned slaughter methods which are hugely problematic in poultry and beef production. Globally most halal meat production involves pre-stunning methods which include Malaysia, New Zealand(slaughter without stunning is banned), even imported into the Middle East including Mecca! Check when you land too, speak to your travel agent to make enquires on your behalf.
Behalal.org Advice Our advice to travellers is that the responsibility Islamically rests with each person to check what s/he is consuming, that it’s halal. A reply that it’s halal is not enough anymore because any 4 different slaughter methods applied all can lead to the SAME label applied. How? There’s nothing in law to protect consumers unless someone makes a specific claim. Because the impacts can vary on the type of stunning method and it’s impact on the different species, even gender of the animal consumers need to knowledge up. The certificates are a joke because the halal standards vary so much across one country, imagine the world? Economics is driving Halal! Are you willing to take the risk?
Slaughter methods explored
With the input of an Animal Scientist expert we put together a guide to understand slaughter methods: http://behalal.org/consumer/slaughter-methods-explored/
We urge those discerning travellers to check with the airline if the meat is supplied has used stunning methods this includes gassing used for poultry production which can lead to affixation which would make the meat haraam to consume.
If in doubt, the sunnah advice still applies: AVOID IT.
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Why do you need halal tag for eating meals on flight
Although vegetables are by default halal, ‘muslim meals’ *always* seemed to be full of meat … I’ve no moved to ask for a vegetarian meal …
And way do they always have to be curry?
Interesting article. I am moved about the supply chain comment and cross contamination concern while on board. Good steps in prevention.
That we need to even ask the question clearly demonstrates that there is a huge problem. So if you are flying, ask for the certification and/or see the halal certification symbol to see if it meets your needs.
Interesting, I would ask for certfication tag.
Based on experience, all food uplifted for Muslim carrier is Halal certified in most cases because of the requirements sets by the Muslim carrier. But ‘moslem meal’ in non Muslims carrier is not a guarantee unless the aircraft departs from a Muslim country for long haul flights. That is the rule of thumb. Technically, if the aircraft departs from an airport source from the same caterer that serves Muslim carrier high chances it would be Halal too. If this is not the case, your meal will be prepared in a shared kitchen which also prepares non halal food.
Muslim carrier serves halal & required the food to be halal certified. Thus being certified, the halal integrity of the product should be okay.
I used to work in food safety for an airline catering firm. We catered Emirates out of Seattle. We had a separate Halal kitchen and were recognized by a Halal certifying body as Halal. As far as I know, all Emirates kitchens are like this. I also know that the kitchens that served Qatar Airlines were the same, but my location didn’t do Qatar.
If we can;t get assurance of Halal meal even in Mecca what hope do muslims have on a airline! Check out one of my article I wrote on this issue.
Watching the space if ESMA of the UAE follow new regulations to import non stun meat only
Some of the Muslims slaughter houses follow poor Hygiene and sanitation standards but still they get certified as halal by some certification companies i being an auditor i have seen how ugly it is buy a meat from these places which doesn’t make any sense or logic for halal certification process. Whole halal certification process is purely to make money no matter even if they produce a piece of shit and yet call themselves halal
Part of the problem here is the unification of Islamic Associations around the globe. Certification for example is not always recognised by various Islamic Associations. There are (and I have been exposed to) Associations who provide airline caterers with “certification” for a fee – no inspections no checks. Having catered BI, MH, GA, EK I can say that credible airlines offering Halal certified meals will also do their own Halal inspections – and these are welcomed as the caterer learns more about the requirements and has a deeper understanding. There is also an education for staff involved in the process. Kosher is not dissimilar in issues between Rabbis and businesses- however there is a more organised approach to what is and is not accepted and labels and seals are required. Have also run a Kosher facility inside a kitchen that does Halal and Haram – very interesting logistics and production…….
Better to choose ‘vegetarian’ option in this situation to avoid doubt on halalicity.
Salam Ramadhan Al Mubaraq….. We do have trust, respect and good faith to our brothers and sisters who are in the fields of doing Halal Audit and Halal Management Assurance System including Halal CB and government authority. Yes, they do have the Halal standard, guideline and protocol put in place that have had the checks and balance by “Shariah” and Technical competent experts to provide the integrity, credibility and validity of the halal status. The International Halal Integrity Alliance do have the Global Standards which covers not only scope of food services, but also Logistics, Laboratory Testing & Analysis for Halal, Animal Feed & Inputs, Animal Welfare, Slaughtering & Processing, Muslim Friendly & Hospitality Services, Cosmetic & Personal Care and many more….. just to name a few. But, sadly we noticed that some commentator like to accuse and point fingers. Please don’t ever accuse just because of your own assumptions and judgments, or just because you “heard” something or were “told” by someone. If you are going to do so, you better do your homework, and make sure you saw it, heard it or witnessed it, because assuming and accusing will always lead to “unhealthy living”… Wassalam Tq.
Sister this is Ramadhan. Keep Calm…… again you are accusing Muslim scholars as to why they issued fatwas and certificates without engaging with competent professionals like animal scientists etc…. Are you very sure what you have said about the Muftis. Sister, issuing “Fatwa” or Decree is not a one man show. Let us let go our ego and ignorance and ask Allah for forgiveness and guidance. Ameen
No one has to right to point fingers at any one and every one is free to speak since this is a professional platform. Don’t worry ruksana shain You are spot on with your comments.
I am not scared to speak against these muftis or imams No one even to dare to take on me i am ready for it and no more fatwas and it’s dramas