In recent years, halal foods have risen past the point of being niche products. They now find themselves firmly entrenched within the mainstream.
Nevertheless, there are still many misconceptions surrounding these foods. Many people have heard misinformation, which they carry with them to the point where they may refuse to purchase halal products.
The purpose of this post is to take a look at some of the most common misconceptions that surround halal. In doing so, we hope to inform people about what halal really is, rather than what they may think it is.
Myth #1 – Halal Isn’t Clean
This is a common misconception, and likely arises from the fact that halal uses a different method of slaughter when compared to regular slaughtering. Perhaps some people think that the blood draining process causes the animal to be unclean. Or, they simply don’t understand the conditions the animals are kept in prior to slaughter.
The truth is that halal is one of the cleanest methods of slaughter. Halal dictates that animals should be cared for prior to being eaten, which means not feeding them with things that could lead to them being unclean. Furthermore, the draining of blood ensures that the resultant meat is free of any toxins that may have been in that blood.
However, we also can’t ignore the possibility that this misconception sometimes arises out of personal experience. A vendor who has not followed halal as they should may be just as responsible for people believing it is unclean as the lack of understanding mentioned above. As a result, it is crucial that all halal vendors do their utmost to present their products well and follow the tenets of halal. With time, we believe this enduring myth will eventually be erased, and people will understand that halal actually represents cleanliness and purity in all forms.
Myth #2 – It’s Barbaric
When speaking to those who oppose halal, the slaughtering method often becomes a key point of argument. Those who do not understand halal sometimes believe it to be barbaric. They hear about the basics of the slaughtering method and make assumptions without any real information to back them up.
As mentioned before, halal requires animals to be raised in comfortable conditions. When compared to the battery farming that is used by many others, halal immediately sets itself apart because of the care that farmers and slaughterhouses take to ensure animals are comfortable.
Beyond that, halal prevents a slaughterer from killing an animal for its meat in front of any other animals. Again, this ensures the animals are cared for right up until the moment of slaughter.
Finally, there is the method itself. Halal requires the use of a sharp knife to cut the carotid artery. The animal loses consciousness in a matter of seconds and feels as little pain as possible. Slaughterers cannot use rugged knives that require several cuts and do not cut so deep as to sever the spinal cord. Great care is taken to ensure one swift cut, so the animal does not suffer.
At Najma Foods, we stock produce several chilled halal products that are stocked in mainstream supermarkets. If you have any questions about our products, or halal in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.