Thursday, February 28, 2019

EU Court of Justice: Halal and Kosher Meat Cannot Be Sold As Organic Without Pre-Slaughter Stunning

In Œuvre d’assistance aux bêtes d’abattoirs (OABA) v. Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation, the Court of Justice of the European Union in a Grand Chamber opinion held that under EU regulations, the EU Organic logo cannot be used for animals which have been slaughtered in accordance with Halal or kosher religious rites without first being stunned.  A ruling by the Court of Justice had been requested by French authorities in a case involving a challenge to the marketing of Halal beef products as organic. The Court also issued a press release summarizing the decision.  The Independent, reporting on the decision, says that 88% of the animals slaughtered as Halal in Britain are stunned before slaughter. Kosher slaughter cannot use pre-slaughter stunning.