The importance of the halal meat sector in the UK cannot be understated, Eblex chairman John Cross told attendees at the first Eblex Halal Forum last week.

Cross, who spoke to halal meat company bosses in Coventry on 24 October, said 2.8m people in England and Wales were part of the Muslim community. "Fifty per cent of the total sheep meat market in the UK is halal, and 80% is stunned and 20% is non-stunned," he added.

Despite the stun to non-stun ratio, attendees were shown figures from an Oxford Partnership survey of 500 UK Muslims, the majority of whom (50%) said non-stun meat was acceptable.

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