Published: 11:30 GMT Daylight Time - Friday 01 April 2011
UK halal trade seeks £1 billion export business
Country/Region: Europe, United Kingdom
The emerging halal economy in Britain could be given a significant boost if a bid is accepted to export British halal meat to the Middle East.
Eblex, the organisation for the English beef and sheep industry, has arranged for trade representatives of the United Arab Emirates to meet with Britain's three main halal accreditation agencies to discuss the certification of UK halal meat. Without the certification, UK halal meat cannot be exported to the Middle East.
The UAE representatives, who include two members of the ruling family, will meet with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and visit the accreditation agencies, as well as slaughterhouses they have accredited.
The Halal Food Authority (HFA), The European Halal Development Agency (EHDA) and the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) will all try to demonstrate that UK halal meat conforms to the Middle East's expectations.
Naved Syed of the Halal Steering Group, established by Eblex to guide work in the halal sector, said: "This could open up a £1bn export business. It's a brave meeting by Eblex, who are taking up this challenge."
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