A halal food certifier has decided to remove certification from stunned poultry if new EU regulations on stunning voltages are imposed.

In a letter sent to poultry operators on poultry operators on 12 November 2013, and seen by Meatinfo.co.uk, the Halal Food Authority (HFA) claimed enforcement of EC 1099/2009 on 1 January 2014 – which includes requirements for higher stunning voltages – could result in the death of birds prior to slaughter, something that is not permissible under halal rules.

"Having considered the impact of [the] eventual enforcement of the EU Regulation 'Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing' EC 1099/2009 on slaughtering of poultry for halal purposes, [the] HFA has now concluded stunning of poultry as incompatible with HFA halal standards and hereby abandon its permissibility for halal slaughtering in the EU," stated the letter.

Read the complete original version of this item...