UKs Great Halal Food Scare – please pass the salt
Is kosher salt next? There are many important matters
to follow and worry about with Islamist movements.
This is probably not one of them.
Last week 185 Subway restaurants in the the United Kingdom and Ireland removed all pork ingredients (ham and bacon) from their menus. These specific restaurants will only be providing meat prepared according to halal rules.
This week the Telegraph reported that all U.K. Pizza Epxress locations (about 434) will be using ritually-slaughtered halal chicken:
Pizza Express is serving ritually-slaughtered halal chicken in every dish on its menu that uses the meat, it has emerged.
But customers are only told that the chicken they are eating is killed in line with strict Islamic law if they ask staff, as it is not stated on menus.
Under Islamic law, chicken can only be eaten if the bird’s throat has been slit while it is still alive. A Koranic verse is also recited during the ritual.
Some non-Muslims object to halal because they claim the method of slaughter can cause unnecessary suffering.
The firm, which has 434 restaurants across the UK, states on its website: “All our chicken is halal approved but it is important to note that all birds are stunned before being slaughtered.
With Subway, the 185 U.K. locations represent about 12% of the total outlets. The Muslim population in the U.K is about 5%. As in the U.S., Subway franchises are very popular with immigrants. Throw in that factor and you are most likely looking at tailoring menus to locations that have a large Muslim clientele. It’s reported that there are approximately 1500 Subway outlets in the U.K and this meat policy does not apply to over 1300 of them.
Pizza Express’s menu includes pepperoni, ham and spiced beef. All things that are not halal prepared. As a meat inspector noted in the Telegraph article, just having once source for the chicken saves money.
Is kosher salt next?
There are many important matters to follow and worry about with Islamist movements. This is probably not one of them.