UK Halal group backs police raids to tackle 'huge problem'



A Halal certifying body has warned of the ?huge problem? of bogus Halaal meat facing consumers, while offering support for police and Trading Standards? raids on Halaal meat wholesalers. The Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC)  warned of the "huge problem" of halal meat mislabelling.


The raids were carried out last month by Birmingham City Council Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers, supported by West Midlands Police, after surveillance of meat transactions in the city. Hundreds of chickens, computer equipment and documents were seized during the raids, and investigations are continuing to determine whether offences have been committed.

A spokesperson for the HMC that he believed the raids were the first ever carried out by Trading Standards investigating allegations of bogus halal labelling. He said: ?We definitely support their action. I think it is about time they supported the Muslim community. Other trading standards need to do the same.? He warned the scale of the problem was huge. ?The government, trading standards, everyone needs to get involved to protect the Muslim consumer from unscrupulous traders who are taking advantage of the halal industry. There are huge problems. The main issue is that it is so unregulated people will take advantage.?

The HMC had uncovered many abuses of the system, he added. ?We have 140 staff, we have inspectors present at all times at the abattoir when slaughter is taking place. Then we check the shop four times a week to ensure the stock they are selling is the stock we have monitored. Even then, we are revoking quite a few shops because they are trying to bypass our system.

?If that is happening in such a vigorous system of monitoring and inspection you can just imagine what is happening in shops that are totally uninspected, unregulated, and free to do whatever they want.?