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Complainant Name:
Mrs Ruksana Shain

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Mrs Ruksana Shain complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about Halal meat was inaccurate and misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper sent a private letter to the complainant acknowledging her concerns, and published the following letter:

The label may indicate halal but the slaughter is no different to mainstream slaughter where pre-stunning is used.

Where chicken is concerned, it is pre-stunned and machine-slaughtered - and the only difference is a prayer may be said over it. This is pretty much the same as non-halal meat. Some 90 per cent of halal meat in this country is produced in this way.

How do I know this? I am an environmental health officer. I have seen it for myself. I represent Muslim organisations at the Food Standards Agency.

Ruksana Shain, Founder of (Email)

Date Published: 21/01/2011

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