A local company that certifies halal beef products for Midamar Corp. and other companies is asking a federal judge to dismiss 92 charges stemming from mislabeling products, saying the government can't regulate religion or religious practices.

Islamic Services of America filed a dismissal motion Friday in U.S. District Court, asserting that the charges are a violation of the First Amendment and that the government can't enforce religious slaughter protocols of Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The federal charges allege halal law wasn't followed in slaughtering practices.

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