15/6/11 Press Release
The Muslim communities in the UK are estimated at around 2 million people – about 3% of the population. Muslims account for about 20% of lamb consumption in this country and a small but increasing amount of beef. The Halal meat market therefore is a multi-million pound contributor to the British economy.
Due to the confusion in the Halal Meat industry a group of Non stun Abattoir owners have formed an Association of Non Stun Abattoirs.
Mohammed Akram Gill (Director of Pak Mecca Meats Birmingham) and the chairman of Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs Ltd. Said “this was long overdue the Non stun halal industry was without a voice. The lack of industry leadership and cooperation, especially given the state of the current economy the association aims to create and raise awareness of the halal industry according to the teaching of the Quran and the prophetic tradition.
Speaking at the Paragon Hotel Birmingham Ghulam Mustaffa (Premier Halal Meat), said “this is Good News for the Muslim consumers especially Muslim House wife’s the ANSA logo will give them assurance that the meat they will be consuming is truly halal and is ritually halal slaughtered according to Islamic principles.”
Mrs Khan house wife from Birmingham Said “When was the last time you checked with your Butcher that meat they are selling you… is stunned or non-stunned? Just because you are buying from a trusted Muslim butcher, does not means it was ritually slaughtered or is Halal according to the Sunnah of the prophet (PBUH)”
Ejaz Najib (Director M. Najab and sons) Vice Chair said” The halal word is most misused word in the UK for labeling of meat and poultry, ANSA will be able to offer cleans and wholesome product that the Muslims community wants”.
The association’s aims and objective are as a non political and not for profit organization, to act as voice for the Non-Stun Halal Abattoirs and to create a better understanding of halal meat industry throughout the supply chain right down to the consumers.
Thus creating stronger links between statuary agencies and the member abattoirs. The Association aims to build confidence amongst the UK Muslim population on English Halal meat industry by doing this it will open up the halal trade for export further improving the British economy.
The association welcomes the new legislation where all non stun meat will have to display a three-step label describing the animal’s country of birth, upbringing, and slaughter.