Sunday, September 23, 2018

European Court's Advocate General Says Halal and Kosher Meat Can Be Labeled "Organic"

In a September 20 press release, the Court of Justice of the European Union announced the proposed finding of the Advocate General in a reference from France's Administrative Court of Appeal on whether under EU rules halal and kosher meat may be labeled as "organic":
[T]he Advocate General proposes that the Court find that the Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products and the Regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing do not prohibit the issue of the European ‘organic farming’ label to products from animals which have been the subject of ritual slaughter without prior stunning carried out in the conditions laid down in the latter regulation.
The Advocate General said, in addition however, that a contrary ruling would not be an interference with freedom of worship. [Thanks to Paul deMello Jr. for the lead.] 

UPDATE: Here is the full text of the Advocate General's opinion in  Œuvrestance d’assistance  aux bêtes d’abattoirs (OABA) v. Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation.