In a move which has proven unpopular among some within the halal sector, red meat levy body Eblex has established a new open halal forum to replace the current steering group.

The organisation has announced that forum will take place twice a year and will be open to anyone involved in the halal sector. However, it has been accused of making the decision behind "closed doors" without discussing it with its members.

Board member of the Eblex Halal Steering Group Naved Syed said: "They've closed the steering group because they were never supporting it in the first place, and I am very angry about it. They are stealing our levy for the benefit of non-Muslim companies and they are getting rid of the main players."

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