Halal Meat Buyer Guide
Once I have been asked by some brothers regarding halalness of meat that
has no "halal mark" printed on its package, but only verbally
guaranteed halal by the seller. My answer is: it depends, but better avoid such products.
To support my statement let me quote an
opinion which is taken from soundvision for obtaining halal meat: (original document
Editor Note: Soundvision is a fine site in
US devoted for raising muslims awareness.
- Ask at the retail store (Halal grocery store)
whether or not a given product or
- When it comes to meat, if it is Halal, who is the certifying agency. The
certification should be by a third-party, not the manufacturer nor the
- How do you contact the certifying agency?
This information has to be public.
grocers, store owners and meat manufacturers
have to be accountable to the public
the certifying agencies are supposed
protecting the consumers rights.
When you contact the certifying agency,
ask who is slaughtering the meat
are the procedures.
This must be verified because the
consumer should not shrug away his
responsibility, saying that the retailer
or the certifying agency is saying
Halal, and therefore they are not responsible.
- This enquiry should be ongoing because every
so often a certifying agency may be good
today, but then becomes lax for one reason
or another. The Muslim consumer should keep
inquiring, for example, after every six months
And in my opinion, Halal meat in japan must
met at least the requirements below:
- Slaughtering must be performed by a (trustworthy)
- Haram food must not be processed in the same area used for un-halal products,
- Halal and haram products must be adequately
identified and separated at all
- Equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and
washed if haram meat has been in
- Additives and ingridients in halal meat products
must be also Halal
- There must be other independent person/organization
that checks and validates the slaughtering
process. This person/organization must be
available for further contact all the times
for verifying the validation.
My final words for dealing with uncertified
halal meat in Japan:
You can recognize two distinct kind of halal
meats according to how they are prepared:
As a major halal meat supplier, Azhar Halal
Foods strictly follows above guidance. These
are reasons why we still do not sell the
Sadia boneless thigh meat even there are
requests from our customers, since the Sadia
boneless chicken thighs (and brazilian chicken
products in general) only have halal mark
printed on outer cartoon, not being printed
in every single plastic package. In fact,
for the worst, there are some halal stores
that sell brazilian meat which has halal
mark printed no where on the package of the
- Dealing with meat from a personal muslim
- Most of meat of this kind has no halal mark printed on its package. However, in my humble opinion, it is acceptable, since
the cost of making special halal package is not affordable to the most
of individual muslims.
- Integrity of deen of the slaughterer is kind of guarantee to the halalness
of his meat.
- You must check directly (by oral) to the slaughterer on how he understands the halal requirements.
- Ask him whether another person has verified his slaughtering process, or
you must ask him to show you the slaughtering process by visiting the butcher
house at which he slaughter the animals.
- Dealing with meat from a large halal suppliers
- Halal mark on every single package is a symbol of efforts and should ensure
halalness of the their products. So halal mark is mandatory for meat from halal supplier/producer.
- Ask the producer on how it obtains the halal
mark and certification or whether there is
an organization who guarantees the halalness.
- Check whether the producer discloses enough
information about halalness of its products.
Good halal meat producer must have enough
knowledge about issues regarding halal-haram
- Check who is the owner of the business. If
he is a muslim then it is good, if he is
a widely known integrated muslim personality
then it is the best.
- Remember, a very large halal meat producer
usually has several halal processing sites
within, therefore a fact that a company is
producing a halal product does not mean that
every product from the same company is halal,
except if it has halal certification for
every processing site it operates.
Wallohu a'lam bis-showab.
Eko Fajar N.
Note: I am going to translate this document
to Indonesian/Malaysian language.
Further reading: (Mainly taken from