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FSA rejects responsibility for halal certification
by Nicholas Robinson
Halal certification is not a responsibility for the Food Standards Agency (FSA), but that of halal certification bodies, an FSA report has confirmed.
FSA legal director Rod Ainsworth delivered a report outlining the organisation's role in relation to the contamination of halal food yesterday (4 June) at an FSA board meeting.
Despite a call from the Muslim community for the government to pass legislation for halal meat preparation, Ainsworth's report stated that "neither the FSA, nor any government department has any specific regulatory remit in relation to halal food".
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