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Reproduced below:

Letter to Food Standards Agency from ICC concerning:
Old cull ewes, slaughtered daily at the Meat Hygiene Services licensed plants for the Muslim markets all over the country

By Email and Post 16th June 2005
Mr. David Statham
Enforcement Group
Food Standard Agency
Aviation House,
125 Kingsway,
London WC2B 6NH

Dear David

Re: Hot Meat – Unfit for human consumption entering into the food chain

I am writing further as promised following at our recent meeting of the Muslim Organizations Working Group at the Food Standard Agency to confirm The London Central Mosque Trust and the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) deep concerns regarding hundreds of old cull ewes, slaughtered every day at the Meat Hygiene Services licensed plants for the Muslim markets all over the country.

In most cases the meat of these ewes is often thin , and dark in colour , emaciated, oedematous and do not have the same keeping quality as young lambs, especially when they are not chilled immediately after slaughter and kept to set, loaded warm for immediate despatch under the wrong presumption that this is a Halal requirement. Often they reach the markets in a condition unfit for human consumption.

I do find it surprising to hear that Muslims like their meat to be hot and not chilled.

If meat is unfit for human consumption it cannot be considered Halal even if initially it was slaughtered in the Halal way.

It is very serious to a Muslim if meat unfit for human consumption is sold to them as fresh Halal meat as it is a form of deception . Emaciated oedematous meat can also cause ill health and even death in the consumer, and this condition would render it Haram to eat.

If someone died as a result of eating this meat, and the butcher knew that the meat was harmful, he would be guilty in Islamic law at least of manslaughter.

Your help in preventing this illicit meat entering into the human food chain is highly appreciated.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally and colleagues at the Food Standards Agency for the hard work you are doing for the Muslim community.

Yours sincerely

Dr Ahmed Al Dubayan
Director General

Dr Yunes Teinaz
Advisor to the Director General








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