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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:20 PM

How can a USDA establishment ensure they are receiveing authentic Halal meats nad ingredients by emblems and/or COAs?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:08 PM

I'm unfamiliar with Halal, but most certifying bodies for things like Organic etc. will make that information public if you call for this exact reason. See what seal/marker/claim is on the meat and get a hold of the certifying body that allegedly inspected the company. They should be able to help you find out if that company is actually certified by them or not.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:13 PM

Thanks but as with a lot of labels and emblems there are several variations online and that I have personally seen. It is difficult to tell an authentic label or emblem from any one that may look similar. Also, the USDA/FDA just state "Company AZ to submit confirmation from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) that Company AZ's product meets the IFANCA requirements for certification.  Supporting documentation should be current within the past 12 months and specific to the establishment submitting the label." This does not say how they are authenticate labels or emblems.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:38 PM

You just outlined your answer. USDA isn't a certifier, IFANCA is, and on their website they list all the companies and products that are truely certified Halal. http://www.ifanca.or...d-Products.aspx

 

Look up your supplier and see if they're on there, or if they're on the "certificate removed" list. If they're not and you think they are legit, contact IFANCA directly.


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