We at Majestic Meat have been known for many years now and since the beginning have been servicing selling and processing a varied selection of Halal meats. Over the years we have gained and established a sound relationship with our customers and they believe in us and our business. They know that if we have labeled our meat as Halal, it means it is 100% Halal and we follow all the strict guidelines for making sure our meat is nothing but Halal.
We have a good understanding with our Freshly Slaughtered Meat suppliers and work very closely hand in hand with them to ensure all Halal requirements are fulfilled as well as develop new Halal products. We make sure our suppliers follow the Halal policy to the core and we only source our Halal Meat from the UK.
What is the meaning of Halal?
Based on “General Guidelines for Use of the Term Halal” (CAC/GL 24-1997 1) issued by the Secretariat of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standard Programme (1999), Halal food is defined as food permitted under the Islamic Law and should fulfill the following conditions:
- Does not consist of or contain anything which is considered to be unlawful according to Islamic Law.
- Has not been prepared, processed, transported or stored using any appliance or facility that was not free from anything unlawful according to Islamic Law
- Has not in the course of preparation, processing, transportation or storage been in direct contact with any food that fails to satisfy above points.
All lawful land animals should be slaughtered in compliance with the rules laid down in the Codex Recommended Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Meat (CAC/RCP 11, Rev.1-1993.) and the following requirements:
- The person should be a Muslim who is mentally sound and knowledgeable of the Islamic slaughtering procedures.
- The animal to be slaughtered should be lawful according to Islamic law.
- The animal to be slaughtered should be alive or deemed to be alive at the time of slaughtering .
- The phrase “Bismillah” (In the Name of Allah) should be invoked immediately before the slaughter of each animal.
- The slaughtering device should be sharp and should not be lifted off the animal during the slaughter act.
- The slaughter act should sever the trachea, esophagus, main arteries and veins of the neck region.
How we deal with Halal suppliers using our Halal policy
Supplier internal controls:
Before anything all suppliers will have to explain their procedure to ensure that cross contamination of prohibited items such as pigs, non-Halal meat/poultry, alcohol etc if prevented through doing segregation of procedures, cleaning and hygiene.
Any suppliers we consider need to be able to give us an external certificate which states products are slaughtered according to Islamic rights. As extra verification a shipment certificate is also acknowledged as it shows authenticity of Halal meat being delivered.
Supplier Halal Policy Statement:
Halal meat suppliers are made sure to give a statement which is signed by either the Managing Director or the Company Secretary. This statement should confirm that all products which are delivered to Majestic Meat are Halal. The statement is renewed annually to make sure no disruption is occurring.
Checking authenticity of certificates:
We thoroughly analyze all external Halal certificated which are given to us through our suppliers to guarantee authenticity. We do this by contacting the issuing authority and verifying links with the suppliers.