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Emma B BS: Halal Meat on sale in the UK (98* d) RE: BS: Halal Meat on sale in the UK 21 Sep 10

" As far as I'm aware, kosher meat is not used in the main food chains in the same way,(I don't agree with those religious beliefs either) so I guess that'd be the reason why the media did not pick up on the kosher side of things in the same way."


- A 1985 study,(Farm Animal Welfare Council Report on The Welfare of Lifestock When slaughtered by Religious Methods HMSO) showed that only one-third of meat produced by Jewish kosher slaughterhouses was consumed by Jews.

'A high proportion of Shecita meat is therefore distributed to the open market
Proposals for labelling requirements have tentatively appeared in EC documents, but have always been fiercely resisted'

Shechita UK, the lobby organisation which defends religious slaughter, campaigned against the proposals on the grounds that change in European law on labelling food would mean the "end of shechitah".
It is maintained that the mandatory labelling amendment would have the unintended consequence of making shechitah economically unviable, presumably because the market for the parts unacceptable for Kosher consumption would be less valuable.

Nevertheless earlier this year, the European Parliament has approved proposals to introduce mandatory labelling of ritually slaughtered meat; an amendment covering labelling of ritually slaughtered meat was adopted with 326 votes in favour, 270 against and 68 abstentions

The proposals will now move to the Council of Ministers for ratification, but this is likely to take around a year.
Member states would be given several years to implement such a change.

If ratified the proposals for labelling would still not extend to food served in restaurants and canteens.

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