Processors Must be Vigilant to Safeguard Halal Authenticity22 March 2013
UK - Following the horse meat scandal and pig DNA contamination revelations, EBLEX has said Processors across England must work with religious communities to safeguard halal product integrity.
EBLEX has said the red meat sector is mindful of the potential for concern and is urging all those involved in the halal sector to develop mechanisms to ensure there is no cross-species contamination, even at the smallest trace level.
“Good practice and working with ethnic communities can help avoid this type of issue,” said Phil Hadley, senior regional manager for EBLEX.
“The horse meat scandal has brought into sharp focus the integrity of supply chains and proteins being present in products but not listed as ingredients. The secondary issue is where forensic levels of a second species have been found in some meat products.
Mr Hadley added that EBLEX are urging processors to act on the issue and work with communities to ensure the integrity of fresh meat.
In plants which process meat for the halal and other markets on the same lines, where possible, product destined for religious outlets should be completed first and the whole line cleaned down thoroughly at the end of the day, with testing undertaken to ensure no residue is left.
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