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Results 1–20 of 24 for halal speaker:George Eustice

Religious Slaughter of Farm Animals (2 Jul 2019)

George Eustice: My hon. Friend makes an important point. I will come to how other countries address this challenge. All sorts of difficulties arise through our current rules on halal and shechita or kosher meat production. There are a wide range of definitions of halal. As hon. Members have pointed out, some statistics suggest that 70% to 80% of all animals slaughtered under halal are stunned. The key...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Ritual Slaughter (8 Jun 2016)

George Eustice: There is no obligation to label products as being halal. However, when foods are labelled or presented as such, the labelling must not mislead the consumer. It is the responsibility of food businesses, including retailers and caterers, to ensure that the food they sell is what they say it is. The definition of halal and certification as halal is a matter for the Muslim community and private...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ritual Slaughter (13 Apr 2018)

George Eustice: ...out by Jews or Muslims for the food of Jews or Muslims. The Department does not hold data on what percentage of meat from non-stun religious slaughter is exported. The data we hold on the Halal market is based on surveys carried out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Previous FSA surveys were carried in 2011 and 2013 and 2015. An FSA survey was carried out earlier this year but we have...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Imports (10 Sep 2018)

George Eustice: ...this year Saudi Arabia lifted disease restrictions on lamb imports from the UK, re-opening that market for UK businesses. Saudi Arabian authorities require lamb imports to be accompanied by a halal certificate issued by an authorised body. Meat from animals stunned at slaughter can be certified as halal.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Poultry: Slaughterhouses (26 Mar 2018)

George Eustice: ...at Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015 (WATOK) provide the enforcement powers for the European legislation and contain stricter national rules. Prior to the introduction of WATOK, the halal poultry industry had raised concerns that the stunning requirements for waterbaths in the European Regulation were incompatible with halal slaughter. There was, therefore, a risk that more of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Halal and Kosher Meat (12 Jun 2014)

George Eustice: ...the issue, and my hon. Friend has been a long-standing campaigner on it, ever since his ten-minute rule Bill two years ago. There are two difficulties with the approach he suggests. In the case of halal meat, we must remember that about 80% is stunned anyway, so “halal” does not distinguish between stunned and unstunned meat. When it comes to kosher meat, we should recall that the hind...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Poultry: Animal Welfare (26 Nov 2013)

George Eustice: It is for halal organisations to decide whether the stunning parameters in the European Union (EU) Regulation 1099/2009, on the protection of animals at the time of killing, comply with their strictures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Kosher and Halal Meat (17 Jul 2014)

George Eustice: I entirely agree. There is a clear legal definition of “stunned” in EU law, namely that stunning renders the animal insensible to pain immediately. In the case of halal, some 90% of poultry and lambs have been stunned, and we should recognise that fact.

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

George Eustice: ...quarters are normally sold on the open market. It would be conceded that most of it goes to Smithfield, possibly to be sold to caterers, but Shechita UK will also maintain that some of it goes to halal markets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Halal and Kosher Meat (12 Jun 2014)

George Eustice: ...and France, and have run into difficulties. However, my hon. Friend makes a good point—if one were to introduce compulsory method of slaughter labelling, I think one would go not for labelling as halal or kosher, for the reasons I gave earlier, but for labelling as stunned or unstunned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Kosher and Halal Meat (17 Jul 2014)

George Eustice: ...Commission is considering the issue. It is most likely to consider whether the animal was stunned or unstunned, because there is a clear definition in EU law. I am aware that groups in both halal and shechita say that they are open to exploring that further, and I look forward to having a dialogue with them and considering the European Commission report when it appears in December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Kosher and Halal Meat (17 Jul 2014)

George Eustice: ...with reliable information. I know that my hon. Friend is a long-standing campaigner on this issue, but, as I have explained to him before, the introduction of a compulsory labelling scheme for halal and kosher meat would present challenges, because there is no single unified definition. Nevertheless, the European Commission is currently conducting a review, and we will consider its report...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Ritual Slaughter (12 Feb 2015)

George Eustice: There are no specific EU or national requirements governing the sale and labelling of Halal meat but where any information of this nature is provided it must be accurate and must not be misleading to the consumer. The Government believes that consumers should have the necessary information available to them to make an informed choice about their food. We are awaiting the results of a...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Ritual Slaughter (26 Mar 2014)

George Eustice: Most halal and kosher meat is already voluntarily labelled in accordance with the requirements of relevant certification bodies. Where any information of this nature is provided it must be accurate and not mislead the consumer. The Government are firmly of the view that consumers should have the necessary information available to them to make an informed choice about their food. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Apr 2017)

George Eustice: ...are committed to giving consumers as much transparency as possible and to improving labelling wherever we can. He understands that there are some difficulties—there is no single definition of halal or kosher, for instance—that make compulsory labelling complex. He is also aware that the European Union has been looking at the issue. Obviously, once we leave the EU there will be an...

Religious Slaughter of Farm Animals (2 Jul 2019)

George Eustice: ..., it is important to ask whether our current derogation accommodates a religious need, or whether it is more a cultural interpretation of such a need. There is wide variance in what is defined as halal, depending on local imams.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ritual Slaughter: Labelling (26 Mar 2018)

George Eustice: ...in accordance with religious beliefs being sold to consumers who do not require their meat to be prepared in this way. There are no domestic or European regulations that require the labelling of halal or kosher meat but where any information of this nature is provided, it must be accurate and must not be misleading to the consumer. The Government believes that consumers should have the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Labelling (28 Mar 2018)

George Eustice: ...in accordance with religious beliefs being sold to consumers who do not require their meat to be prepared in this way. There are no domestic or European Regulations that require the labelling of halal or kosher meat but where any information of this nature is provided, it must be accurate and must not be misleading to the consumer. The Government believes that consumers should have the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare (13 Jul 2018)

George Eustice: ...their meat to be prepared in this way, and that there are calls for such meat to be labelled. There are currently no specific EU or national requirements governing the sale and labelling of Halal or Kosher meat. Where any information of this nature is provided voluntarily, it must be accurate and must not be misleading. The Government believes that consumers should have the necessary...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

George Eustice: I am not sure. I will have to check those particular figures. We know, for instance, that around 73% of all halal meat slaughtered is already stunned before it is slaughtered, and as many hon. Members pointed out, the amount of kosher meat on the market is a very small proportion. However, this is an interesting area, and it is something that I have looked at. I do not think that it gets away...


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