Spitting in our food

In the ongoing case of 'stealth halal', featured earlier on KV here and here, there was some news last week: Almost all Dutch (Gouda and Edam) cheese in Dutch supermarkets is halal. And nobody knows or is being told.

We learned all this form an item in the little viewed TV magazine 'Uitgesproken'. The broadcast in question can be found here (NL). The pertinent section starts at 11:30.

The gist of it: Friesland Campina, arguably the largest supplier of supermarket cheese, produces halal cheese. In fact all but one of the brands of cheese is halal.

To produce cheese, milk has to be coagulated. This can only be done by using rennet, which is extracted from the stomach of butchered calves. In the case of halal cheese (at this point you may already have guessed) the rennet comes from halal butchered calves.

Dutch halal cheese has been with us for over a year now. In an internal email from January 2008, quoted here, Friesland Campina says:
The biggest change is that we will start to use halal calve obamasum rennet (rennet from ritually butchered calves). From December 1st onwards all cheese factories should have made the transition to halal rennet. (...)

Timing
The goal is that all cheese whey will be halal certified by February 1st, 2009.
The reason for this is as depressingly mundane as it is shocking:
The demand for halal lactose for halal child food is far greater then the supply. The profit from halal lactose suitable for children's food is € 0,25 per kilo higher then lactose for regular food applications. Lactose is made from cheese whey from, amongst others, the Campina cheese factories. That is why we want to have our cheese whey certified.
You may wonder why the fact that this ambition to become 'halal certified', or that all cheese from Friesland Campina factories is now halal, was never communicated.Or why Friesland Campina refused an interview on camera for the Uitgesproken item. Evidently Friesland Campina is quite reticent, embarrassed even, about letting us know in what manner their cheese has been produced. The reason is not hard to fathom. Halal is part of shariah law and as Afshin Ellian notes in the item: If a label "Conform Shariah" were to be put on a product it would instantly stop selling.

In the same vain we learned that Nutrilon baby food is 100% halal (NL), or that Hollands largest supermarket chain, Albert Heijn, cannot guarantee its meat products are not halal. We learn this from De Dagelijkse Standaard (NL), who published en exchange of emails between ALbert Heijn and an inquisitive consumer. When asked directly by the attentive consumer, Albert Heijn customer service answered:
We feel that if it is desirable that meat streams are to be fully separated, it is the government that has the task of demanding proof of stunned butchering. At the moment only halal butchered meat can be proven. The reversed burden of proof, proof of non-halal butchered meat, is not possible, because [normal butchering] is common practice.

However, Albert Heijn can give the guarantee that our meat and out meat products are from animals that have been butchered while stunned.
This seems reassuring, but note the bait and switch here: In trying to assure the inquisitive customer that his daily bit of flesh is not halal, Albert Heijn say the animals in question were stunned before butchering. Which is emphatically not the same. Halal butchering does not mean unstunned butchering. The website Path of Islam is clear about the subject (emphasis is mine - KV): Meat from stunned animals is Halal.
The most important of these when it comes to meat being Halal is that the animal is slaughtered in a set prescribed manner, which includes pronouncing the name of God while cutting the neck of the animal. (...)

Stunning is used to lessen the pain the animal feels when it is later slaughtered. Stunning is not killing and, if performed with a correct method, should not lead to death. The Ulema say that as long as the animal is not killed by the stunning, then the meat of a stunned animal is Halal.
In short: The main issue with halal butchering is not whether an animal was stunned or not before having its throat slit. Rather, the main issue seems to be invoking the name of Allah when the throat is slit, while the animals head is pointing towards Mecca. As Abdullah Ali-Salah, boss of the organisation Halal Correct, that provides halal certificates, explains in the Uitgesproken item, it is a short prayer: "Bismallah, Allahu Akbar" (In the name of Allah, Allah is greatest).

This raises the suspicion that Albert Heijn is trying to be cute with the facts. By trying to make 'halal' synonymous to butchering without stunning, they are trying to gloss over the fact that halal products are blessed in the name of Allah. Or that virtually all butcheries in Holland, according to the Uitgesproken item, employ imams from such enlightened places as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya or Egypt, to bless this, our daily bread, in the name of a deity that isn't ours.

Now we have a problem: I don't want my food to be blessed by anyone, in the name of anyone. Moreover, since I am Christian I find it incredibly offensive that the entire Dutch (and seemingly European) food industry is trying to have me unwittingly consume food that has been blessed in the name of a putrid deity that is the very antithesis of my Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit.

But there's this other aspect to this scandal, noted by Prof. Dr. Ellian. That aspect should speak to not just Christians or members of other faiths, but to all those that are committed to freedom, democracy and our own civilization: Halal butchering is part of the sharia, islamic law. By not labelling halal food, by withholding that information, the food industry is deceiving us us non-muslims into respecting muslim law, living according to muslim standards.

In fact the entire food industry is submitting us to sharia law, without even having the decency to tell us about it. And if you think I am exaggerating, I refer you to the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Halal food movement has the strength to lead Muslims to rule the global economy as the food is the basic need of every human being
All of a sudden we are back on very familiar territory, aren't we? Muslims trying to conquer the world, by waging economic jihad in this matter, in the name of the perversion they have for a god. And those we entrust with an important aspect of our daily lives, betraying us for a few measly bucks. I don't think 'betrayal' is too strong a word in this matter. However else can call it when the industry is turning all of our food into halal food, but tries to hide this from their customers? Was this supposed to be an in-joke, a bitter prank at our expense, by Friesland Campina (or Albert Heijn) and the Ummah in Holland?

We probably won't be worse off for eating it. But the food we're served is tainted nonetheless. Behold the state of our food industry these days: Rather then providing us with the best quality of our daily bread, they are spitting in it. Proper, mandatory labelling of food stuffs can't come soon enough.

6 reacties:

MFS - Updates zei

Hi.
Yes indeed we the custumor have no longer any choise in it ,like for example in Canada Campbells soup puts on their website : Quick Facts on Campbell Halal-certified Products.•Our Halal-certified products have been chosen specifically to suit the flavour preferences of the Muslim community.
So there you have a minority of maybe 5 % of the population dictating how your soup will taste like,cause if you go to the shop there's no option but Halal,so the remaining 95 % of Canadians have to eat Halal.Talk about democracy?
http://www.campbellsoup.ca/en/products/health.asp?label=halal

MFS - Updates zei

Hi.
Yes indeed we the costumers have no longer any choise in it ,like for example in Canada Campbells soup puts on their website : Quick Facts on Campbell Halal-certified Products.•Our Halal-certified products have been chosen specifically to suit the flavour preferences of the Muslim community.
So there you have a minority of maybe 5 % of the population dictating how your soup will taste like,cause if you go to the shop there's no option but Halal,so the remaining 95 % of Canadians have to eat Halal.Talk about democracy?
http://www.campbellsoup.ca/en/products/health.asp?label=halal

Guy Gadbois zei

Shit! And I who up until this very moment has loved Gouda and edam cheese. It's also scary from another perspective now, when I realize that food doesn't have to be meat to be halal or haram. Most people see cheese as a dairy product and not as meat. But I have to thank you for helping me connect those dots for me. To make it even scarier, I cannot now trust if any other cheese, swedish, french or whatever is not also halal as it is not marked. Or other dairy products for that matter. This scam needs to get exposed and I'm gonna link to this.

Bernd zei

It is truelly undemocratic that less than 10% of the populus (muslims) dictate the way food is produced. However, that's nothing new. By now we've had to learn living with the fact that that same 10% (wis to) dictate the way we apply our fundamental and constitutional rights, i.e. they tend to apply differently, and in the end more favorably to them.
Having said that, there are food products that by their nature make it halal (for instance fruit). Keeping this in mind, I, being a Campina milk drinker, asked Friesland Food how their production process had been adapted/changed to meet the standards for being halal certified. I received a reply stating that it hadn't, but the used process by its nature meets the standards for halal. This was as far as their cheese is concerned. So asked, they denied that their milk and yoghurt are halal (certified). Since lying to consumers is a big thing, I accept their answer. Which is very good news for them, because I will and do boycot halal products. I don't wish to be subject to sharia, starting with the food I consume.

Gary Rumain zei

You got it, Bruce. They need rennet to make cheese. Since the traditional source is an animal one (there are non-animal substitutes), arselifters push to make sure its halal. So it has to come from a halal-slaughtered animal.

You also have to watch out for ice cream and yogurt with halal gelatine in them.

Gary Rumain zei

You need to learn to push back. halal means arselifters ritually slaughter their animals to their satanic moon god allah while preying. Since this is a blood offering to another god, Christians and Jews must reject it, as the Bible commands. For the non-religious, animal rights may be an issue with unstunned animals dying a slow and painful death. There are also hygiene issues.

So boycotting is the way to go. But you also need to let the companies you boycott know this.

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