It is quite alarming that Islamic organisations and Muslim community leaders in Europe have kept silent on the growing horse meat scandal even though investigations and media reports in recent days are uncovering that the issue is also related to Halal meat products.
According to Dutch media reports, one Dutch businessmen linked to the European horsemeat scandal has previously been convicted by a court for passing off horse as Islamic halal-slaughtered beef. The businessman, Jan Fasen, received a one-year suspended jail sentence in January 2012, after he sold horse meat imported from South America as halal-slaughtered Dutch beef.
Fasen is the director of a Cyprus-based meat trading company called Draap Trading, which reportedly is the link between Romanian abattoirs and a French food supplier that sold frozen horse meat as beef products. However, Fasen has issued a statement through his lawyer denying any involvement in the scandal.