This ‘halal’ business

I have no problem with labelling food stuffs so that the consumer knows what they’re getting. We’ve had heart-friendly foods, gluten-free foods, kosher food, diabetic-friendly, low-sugar, low-fat, peanut-free and other such labels for ages now and that’s fine with me. I, therefore, don’t get my knickers in a knot with the concept of halal food.¬†There’s nothing sinister about it; it’s just the Muslim version of kosher. (And, there is no proof that money raised by getting a halal certification is going to terrorists, any more than money raised by kosher certification goes to Zionists, or heart-friendly certification goes to on-line dating companies.) Halal (acceptable), means that the food doesn’t contain alcohol, or any...

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