I think it’s really important people should know about this because Al-Safa made a FORTUNE at the ICNA-MAS convention that I just attended in Hartford, CT. They had two booths running 12 hours a day serving hot dogs and chicken nuggets to 10,000 Muslims. Did they realize Al-Safa is a Jewish-owned marketing company? If they are going to sell Jewish hot dogs then just sell the high quality kosher hot dogs. Better yet use an actual Muslim company if possible inshallah.
I have spoken to the Al-Safa halal certifying agency personally about the animal feed and slaughterhouse. I was doing some articles for a halal food magazine that used to exist, Halalpak. Al-Safa is a Jewish marketing company that creates the packaging and advertisements and supplies Muslim grocery stores. The certifying agency is connected to a nearby local masjid. They do not certify any other brands of meat, nor did they coordinate with any national organizations regarding the halal status. The slaughterhouse is in Canada. You’d have to call to get the exact wage they are paying, if they would tell you, but that is what I heard from someone who went there and checked the place out and talked to the slaughtermen, African American and immigrant laborers who work strenuous, long hours doing hand slaughter.
Technically it’s halal, but very low quality meat that primarily benefits the Jewish owned marketing company. The cows are factory farmed and fed corn plus protein supplements made of chicken, according to the certifying agency’s word on the telephone. The slaughterhouse also slaughters non-halal meat. In my extensive interviews with a cattle rancher, I learned that corn-fed cows must be given mass doses of antibiotics to survive as this is not their natural diet. Humans receive a huge health hazard when they eat meat from a cow that took antibiotics because their body then develops a resistance to antibiotics. Furthermore the fecal matter from cows that took antibiotics contain deadly strains of e coli bacteria.
Muslims in America need to learn from the Australian Muslims and start employing cattle ranchers to raise grass fed cows that will supply pure meat that is safe for our children to eat. We can earn the respect of our non-Muslim neighbors if we can provide meat that is guaranteed free of mad cow disease, which is caused by feeding diseased meat products to cows. Most Kosher meat is also not guaranteed free of mad cow disease.
There is a phone number for the certification company on the Al-Safa package. You can call them and confirm everything I have said. I am telling the truth on this matter.
Al Safa Halal
P.O. Box 1076
Niagara Falls, NY
Canadian Mailing Address:
Al Safa Halal
P.O. Box 24178
Canadian Head Office:
260 Holiday Inn Drive
firstname.lastname@example.org 1 (800) 268-8174
AL SAFA guarantees that every single chicken is – hand slaughtered by a Muslim. You are welcome to visit at any time to personally witness our Zabiha and meet our slaughtermen.
Did you know that pretty much every dairy cow is fed pork products to make the milk taste more fatty? That includes high end products like Land o Lakes, according to the cattle rancher I interviewed. The safest bet is to buy organic.
Al-Safa’s certifying agency guy, sorry I forgot his name, was really mad at me for telling people what he told me on the phone. So he may be more hesitant to talk about the protein supplements because it’s certainly not a traditional Islamic practice to feed chicken protein drinks to chickens and cows.
I tried for about a year to find an imam who would make a fatwa against feeding animal byproducts to cows, but according to the hadith you are technically allowed to eat a cow that ate garbage, including the milk of a pig, as long as the meat itself is not obviously stinking. You can however easily tell the difference between pure meat and meat-fed meat by the smell. I can barely eat meat anymore after studying the halal meat system in the US. It is not safe at all.
I tried to convince some local halal meat stores to carry natural beef and even put them in touch with the organic cattle rancher, but they refused to carry organic or natural meat because they were afraid people would ask what is wrong with the other meat?
The independently owned halal meat stores buy the cows at the auction. They do not have any controls over the farmers or the feed. My husband visited a number of slaughterhouses and none of them obeyed all the Islamic laws such as not slaughtering animals in front of other animals. One halal company, Purdue, had Amish-raised natural chicken but machine slaughtered. However, the guy pulling the lever would say “Bismillah” each time.
I only talked to one Turkish brother in Brooklyn who was serious about halal. He was importing equipment from Saudi Arabia to do it totally properly. He planned to only use organic raised cows. Unfortunately I don’t live in NY so I don’t know if his luncheon meat ever made it to grocery shelves.
I wrote an article on this subject for the mosque newsletter and the board of directors personally intervened to have my article removed from the newsletter as they felt it would hurt the local businesses. Grrrrrrr!
I heard all kinds of stories during my interviews, from cows with bullets in the head to cows that were half dead on arrival in New Jersey after being trucked across the country without any break for water or food or exercise (which is haram in Islam). Even buying the meat leftovers from Kosher butchers, as they will not eat the part of the cow containing the spinal column.
American Muslims must learn from the Australian and New Zealand Muslims and act on this right away. Halal butchers must make individual contracts with farmers to raise organic and natural grass fed cows. The future of America, not only just the American Muslims, depends on it. The Muslims are centered in the Midwest. So they need to utilize this advantage and create a center for halal slaughter in Chicago. They need to make contracts with the best and most dedicated organic farmers in America and stimulate the demand for responsible agriculture. The halal meat market is huge. The farmers will be happy to grow us some grass fed cows if we are willing to sign a contract guaranteeing them a stable income. They need a contract that says they supply a certain number of cows per week to x slaughterhouse. It’s not a big deal.
Come on Muslims. Wake up.