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Proposals to introduce a quality assurance scheme for halal sheep meat in the UK have been met with praise over clarity but concerns over welfare implications.
Under the scheme proposed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef & Lamb, meat will be labelled under three categories: stunned, non-stunned and post-cut-stunned slaughter for sheep.
Awal Fuseini, halal sector manager at AHDB Beef & Lamb, the levy board which represents cattle and sheep, said the scheme would help customers choose meat based around animal welfare and Islamic guidelines.
These will allow Muslim consumers to buy assured products that fit with their own beliefs with regard to halal slaughter.’
The proposals are aimed at the growing UK domestic market, with the British Muslim population forecast to double by 2030.
EU exports are being targeted, with France identified as a market expansion opportunity.
NFU chief livestock adviser John Royle confirmed that a buoyant export halal trade supported domestic trade. ‘The UK is the biggest EU lamb exporter and we are in a good position to capitalise on the growing EU Muslim population, which is …
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