Is what you're eating really Halal?

Monday 28 November

The Halal meat market is constantly growing year on year with more than £2 billion being spent on Halal meat every year by British Muslims. But can consumers be sure that what they’re eating is really Halal?

With the growth in the Halal meat market also comes the increasing demand for Halal certifications. The driving force behind this isn’t absolutely clear however recent news stories of food adulteration are likely to be key contributing factors.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards regularly conducts routine test purchases of various products including food and drinks. Once tested, a significant amount of these food and drink samples are found to be labelled incorrectly. The mislabelling of products has serious implications from a safety and ethical perspective and consumers need to be able to trust their suppliers that what they’re buying is what it’s claimed to be.

To certify a product as Halal, it must be free from non-permitted ingredients including swine meat and its by-products, alcohol, carnivorous animals and birds or prey. Products must also be free from cross-contamination; both accidental and food fraud for economic gain. Two of British Muslims major concerns are the contamination of products by alcohol and pork.

If you think that you may need your products testing, West Yorkshire Analytical Services are able to assist in examining meat products to check their authenticity, as well as testing for alcohol in confectionary or soft drinks. Our awareness and responsibility for religious requirements is paramount through all of our testing and analysis.

Please feel free to email us on analyst@wyjs.org.uk or telephone the Laboratory Manager Martin Bowden (0113 393 9712) or Public Analyst Duncan Campbell (0113 393 9710).