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USA: ISNA to Establish a US Halal Accredition Board

| 05/11/2010 | 2 Replies

American Halal Association developed consensus at the American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC) this past weekend that the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will establish a US Halal Accreditation Board to serve the interests of US consumers and businesses.

The significance of this is that a large market sector, identified by Ogilvy & Mather at AMCC, will have certainty that their Halal products are standardized, certified, and regulated for the protection of the consumer.

The global Muslim purchasing power has been estimated at $2.1 trillion, but the global market seeks verification about the integrity of US Halal products and services.  Development of this market is in America’s best interest, as it should create employment and economic vitality.

We are very pleased that this initiative has begun and we look forward to ISNA and American Halal Association attending the World Halal Forum Europe next week in London.

American Halal Association provides:
· A voice for the American Halal industries
· Mediation between consumers, producers of Halal products, services and
· Education and research resources for business development
· Promotion for the integrity of Halal products/services
· A platform for working with global NGO’s, embassies and other related agencies to
promote global Halal Standards and regulate exports and imports of Halal products

American Halal Association publishes Halalconnect to stimulate consumer awareness and promote leading the Halal movement. View it at and click on The Magazine.  We are also on Twitter and Facebook

Contact: Susan Labadi                                                 Contact: Sarah Thompson
American Halal Association                                        ISNA Communication Coordinator
444 Roosevelt Road, Suite 251                                    Islamic Society of North America
Lombard, IL  60148-4630                                                      317-839-1816 (o)
630-528-3400                                                                    317-679-6350 (c)

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Category: Halal Integrity, Media & Events, The Americas, USA

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  1. hamid says:

    Ed: I believe that this is a most important initiative, and one that we support. There is a similar initiative being discussed in the UK that will come up at the World Halal Forum Europe in London on 10-11 Nov 2010.

    The development of independent Halal Accreditation agencies in the Muslim minority countries is an important step to move the Halal sector into a new chapter of credibility and integrity, and we encourage interested groups to get involved and support these initiatives.

  2. This is very bad idea for US Muslim consumers to have ISNA involved in establishing a US Halal Accreditation Board. This is all politics consisting of few individuals and organizations. This is the same ISNA who provided machine slaughtered chicken at their conventions in Chicago. What contributions ISNA has provided to US Muslim consumers regarding foods at supermarkets. Many Halal certifying organizations in US has different criteria for Halal status of food products. ISNA lack technical knowledge to provide Halal status to supermarket foods which based on food technology then how they will establish the board. They even do not have the talent and never utilize food industry professional’s help to provide Halal foods at their conventions.

    There is no need of any Halal Accreditation Board in US because US Muslims consumers buy Halal meat from those sources which they believe providing real zabiha meat.

    This is not Saudi Arabia or Malaysia, this is USA where we have religious freedom. Even there is no Kosher Accreditation Board in USA. Kosher certified food products are available in USA since last 100 years. Still there are orthodox and liberal Kosher certifying organizations in USA which serve different group of kosher food consumers. How come they do not have Kosher Accreditation Board yet.

    Look at ISNA Canada who Halal certify machine slaughtered chicken and many Muslims and ulema in Canada do not consider their Halal certified machine slaughtered chicken as Zabiha.

    It is my opinion that ISNA should concentrate their efforts on other good causes and should not involve in Halal Accreditation Board.

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