Dedicated halal meat slaughterhouse Janan Meat UK has been awarded British Retail Consortium (BRC) Grade A accreditation for the sixth year in a row.
The company, based in Dudley and part of the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme, was awarded the grade for halal slaughter and further processing.
According to Janan managing director (MD) Naved Syed, the company is the only dedicated halal slaughterhouse to have Red Tractor assurance, adding there was no reason why a halal meat processing company should not sign up to the scheme.
He said the audit also covered Janan’s new “purpose-built” on-site cutting plant, built for the retail and wholesale halal markets. “Being a dedicated halal plant will ensure no cross-contamination and no covert production and full Sharia compliance,” he said.
Syed added: “It will give new and existing customers the assurance that we are operating to the highest industry standards. It shows that our production and record-keeping processes are now underscored by the same kind of third-party accreditation as our ‘certified halal’ credentials.”
Slaughtering at Janan’s is overseen by Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) inspectors who, Syed claimed, ensured products were manufactured in strict accordance with Islamic principles.
The MD also hinted at potential trade opportunities with the Middle East and said: “With the recent visit by 10 members of the Saudi Food & Drugs Authority, this shows the commitment by Janan Meat in addressing the halal export opportunity into the Middle East for assured halal meat.”