Halal Meat May Be Processed Differently, But is it Safer?

Of over one billion Muslims globally, approximately four million live in North America. Immigrants from various cultures bring with them distinctive culinary traditions and Muslims are no exception. In addition to styles of cooking, Muslims also adhere to dietary laws (halal), which strictly regulates the slaughter and processing of meat.

Food processed in concordance with Muslim dietary laws is called ‘halal’. Halal is an Arabic word that means ‘permissible’. Although traditionally, meat slaughtered under Jewish kosher practices were consumable by Muslims, most authorities today only accept meat slaughtered by a method called ‘zabiha‘.

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