Why Traceability is Important?
Why Halal Supply Chain Information Is Important?
The More We Know About Our Food, The Better Our Choice Will Be!
The first and most important reasons of Halal Supply Chain is that customers should have access to all the essential information to make an informed choice about their Halal food. According to the Food Standard Agency (FSA) "the government believes that the consumers should have the necessary information available to them to make an informed choice about their food." The other important reason is that it's Halal food business's legal as well moral obligation to provide accurate and up-to-date information about their Halal Supply Chain information (sourcing, storing, labelling, processing and transportation) of Halal meat and poultry products. Read more...
Some of the myths, misunderstanding, misconception and common beliefs about Halal are that:
If the Chicken is Halal, the Kitchen is Halal too
A shop own or run by a Muslim is necessarily a Halal shop
Anything marked as 'Suitable for Vegetarian' is Halal
If the restaurant, takeaway or a shop has a green 'Halal' logo displayed, it means everything in the shop is Halal
It feels bit awkward to ask the shop about the Halal status of the business or where they source their Halal ingredients from
A business that sells mix of Halal and non-Halal items are Halal just because they use two different sets of cooking pots and utensils
BBC News 27 February 2018
The news that Nando's has admitted using McCains frozen chips instead of 'fresh' ones may not specifically be related to the meat industry but still relevant as it reflects the problems in fair trading standards in food industry in general Read more...
Mail Online 16 May 2015
Aldi has apologised after selling black pudding labelled as 'halal' despite it containing pork. The product, made by Scottish company Punjab Pakora, contained traces of pork blood and skins - both forbidden in Islam. It was stocked on Aldi shelves and online with a UK Health Code stamp which labelled it as suitable for Muslims Read more...
South China Morning News 21 March 2017
Gelatin was found in three batches of frozen shrimps in a wet market in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in recent days, according to Guangdong Satellite TV Read more...
The above news are enough to horrify the Halal food consumers who take the green 'Halal' logo at face value of trust. However, the above news are just a small reflection of numerous instances where the sanctity of Halal products have been compromised either due to gross negligence or vested interests of businesses. So, the next time you you step in your favourite posh restaurant, don't get deviated by the fancy digital display board or the glossy menu but look for the information about the Halal suppliers responsible for delivering that succulent, mouthwatering rare beaf steak or chargrilled chicken roast in your plate.
Importance of Halal Traceability
Halal traceability information is important for a number of reasons.
Firstly, its customers rights to have all the information and knowledge about the food they are eating
Secondly, its obligation of businesses dealing with Halal food, to provide accurate and up to date information about their Halal Supply Chain (information that includes sourcing, storing, labelling, processing and transporting of Halal meat and poultry products) as per the relevant laws and standards set by different Halal Certification Authorities in the UK and other countries.