If you’ve ever shopped for meat, you have likely seen halal options. A lot of people see this label but are not sure of its meaning, so the following information can help: the word halal means permissible in Arabic and halal food follows Islamic law the way it is defined in the Koran.

Halal meat, in particular, refers to the specific way in which animals are slaughtered and the killing process involves a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe. The animal must be both alive and healthy at the time of slaughter and all of the blood must be drained from the carcass during the process. A dedication is recited by a Muslim during the process as well.

Stunning cannot be used during the killing process of the animal but can be used if the animal survives, as long as it is then killed by halal methods. Stunning eliminates unnecessary suffering and this is why it is often used prior to the slaughtering process.

The difference between halal meat and other meat is the way in which the animal is slaughtered and that the animal was blessed as it was being killed. A lot of people wonder if halal meat is similar to kosher meat and there are some similarities in the method of slaughter as a surgically sharp knife and specially trained individuals are involved in both. However, halal meat requires a blessing to be part of the slaughter process, whereas kosher practices do not and Jewish law forbids the use of stunning. Both religions forbid the consumption of certain parts of the carcass and halal specifically forbids the consumption of the animal’s testicles and bladder. 

Halal meats allow retailers and restaurants to make their products suitable for Muslim consumers. Most supermarkets have a halal section and this type of meat can be found on the shelves of most grocery stores. Reading the labels will provide you with a better understanding of the product and will provide you with more information regarding how the food is prepared. As a consumer, you should be told whether an animal was stunned before they were slaughtered as well as the method of slaughter so that you are informed. This can affect the meat you purchase, so check the labels the next time you are unsure. 

Marbled Meats Co in Toronto can provide you with more information regarding halal meat and the way it is prepared. We are a professional meat supplier that can provide you with quality meats, so whether you need wholesale meat options or a halal meat supplier, we can help! If you are in the Toronto area, give us a call today and we will gladly provide you with more details!