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British Muslims develop appetite for halal turkey
by Tanjil Rashid
Covered in blood and Urdu script, the traditional halal butcher's shop has catered to generations of Britain's Muslims – serving up a platter of chicken, lamb and beef to mostly foreign-born customers.
But in a sign of changing consumer habits, they have taken to selling halal turkeys, as growing numbers of practising Muslims gobble up roast turkeys for Christmas dinner on the Christian feast day.
Last December, the Halal Monitoring Council certified 5,500 turkeys slaughtered in UK abattoirs. In 2011, they certified none. Last week alone, the HMC certified 1,500 turkeys.
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