Food: Kosher and Halal Meat

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 30 November (WA 433-34) concerning kosher and halal slaughtered meat, whether, in their discussions with the food industry, they will raise the right of the majority of people to be informed about whether meat has been slaughtered in accordance with religious beliefs.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave him on 30 November (Official Report, col. WA433-34). I can again confirm that we believe people should know what they are buying in shops and when they are eating out and that this includes those who wish to know whether meat has been obtained from an animal slaughtered in accordance with religious beliefs. Our discussions with the food industry have looked at the need to inform all consumers, regardless of whether they have a religious requirement for meat to be prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs or not.

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