Norwegian slaughterhouses stops producing halal food

Norwegian slaughterhouses stops producing halal food
In a test by the Norwegian FSA, it was found various amounts of pork in five of 53 controlled items, where pork was not stated as an ingredient.

Also in food labeled halal - permitted for Muslims.

In 2013, it was also revealed that Norwegian butcherhouses were sloppy with the halal label. When it was found halal food that contained 30 percent pork.

- It is important that strict ethical requirements for halal food is followed, and that the FSA follow up so that consumers are not deceived. Unfortunately, many manufacturers use cheap meat to push down prices, says Secretary General of the Islamic Council Norway, Mehtab Afsar to Aftenposten.

60 companies have since 2012 applied to be approved as halal producers, but so far only 13 have been approved, numbers from the Islamic Council of Norway shows.

Communications Manager Svein-Erik Eide from the Meat and poultry industry Association, says that many meat producers have gradually ceased to offer halal meat.

- Halal production is demanding especially for the smallest businesses. There should be no traces of pork either on the premises or in the food.

It is too challenging not to get traces of pork, says the meat industry.

About 500 tons halal meat is produced annually in Norway, but that number will go down, as companies finds the whole halal process too demanding.

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