Up to 60 new jobs could be created in Banham after the government awarded more than £350,000 to a European Halal Food Park.

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Officials at Defra defended the grant of £366,000, which is aimed to promote growth in rural areas.

The money comes from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and will be used to buy equipment to make burgers and sausages in the park’s meat processing facility.

A spokesman for the government department said the cash would not be spent at Simply Halal’s abattoir site in Banham, which slaughters animals according to Islamic law.

A Defra spokesman said: “We awarded business development funding to this company to improve its processes for making burgers and sausages, which would create 60 much-needed jobs in a very rural area as well as supporting Norfolk livestock farmers.”

“We would prefer to see all animals stunned before slaughter but respect the rights of the Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs.”

Defra has awarded the grant on the basis that the funding will not to be used in any part of the abattoir operation and that the company will create 60 new full-time jobs over the next three years.

The money will also be match funded by the company and the investment will support local farmers in an area where there are not many meat processing facilities, the spokesman added.

The funding was part of a £2m series of projects supporting four other meat processors developed by the East of England Development Agency before responsibility for RDPE funding transferred to Defra.

The European Halal Food Park at Moor Farm, in The Moor, Banham, near Attleborough, was approved two years ago to cater for the growing demand for Halal beef and sheep meat in the UK

The company’s website says that it “boasts the only dedicated 100pc non-stun abattoir for beef and lamb in the UK” with the Halal Burger Company opening in July and the Halal Sausage Company and the Halal Pet Food Company opening last month.

The firm added that it supports British farmers and was given full Defra approval in June following an inspection to appraise animal welfare standards and the ritual slaughter process.

The Defra spokesman added that the government has no plans to ban religious slaughter of animals. However, changes to all rules on welfare at slaughter will be required when a new EU Regulation on welfare at the time of killing comes into effect in January 2013.

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  • so Defra are promoting the barbaric ritual slaughter of animals,animal welfare standards being forced back to the middle ages maybe new jobs will be created,but as this is a Halal plant,they will probably only be available to Moslems.there is also the separate issue of over supply of Halal products and not being labelled and being covertly sold to non Moslems which is illegal and unfair to non Halal producers.

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    Paul Grimaldi

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • There is no welfare at at any stage of ritual slaughter whatsoever, it should not be happening in this country. Also, the media keep spouting this twaddle about incresing demand for Halal meat etc. The increasing demand is coming from OUR own British institutions, NHS, schools, local authorities etc who are deliberately giving it to unknowing NON muslims! It must be stopped immediately! RSPCA, why are you so quiet on this subject???

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    Carl Ktm

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • There is no welfare at at any stage of ritual slaughter whatsoever, it should not be happening in this country. Also, the media keep spouting this twaddle about incresing demand for Halal meat etc. The increasing demand is coming from OUR own British institutions, NHS, schools, local authorities etc who are deliberately giving it to unknowing NON muslims! It must be stopped immediately! RSPCA, why are you so quiet on this subject???

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    Carl Ktm

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • There is no welfare at at any stage of ritual slaughter whatsoever, it should not be happening in this country. Also, the media keep spouting this twaddle about incresing demand for Halal meat etc. The increasing demand is coming from OUR own British institutions, NHS, schools, local authorities etc who are deliberately giving it to unknowing NON muslims! It must be stopped immediately! RSPCA, why are you so quiet on this subject???

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    Carl Ktm

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Spoken with Defra today, who have confirmed that Ritual Slaughter at Simply Halal has been audited by Defra, and that their slaughter methods carried out on site are both Humane & Legal. Ive also been assured that all the beef & lamb from Simply Halal is clearly labelled stating that it is 100% Non Stun Halal, allowing the freedom of choice for the consumer to choose whether to purchase or not! I was also told that it is not the Halal abattoirs hiding it slaughter methods, its the bigger abattoirs that slaughter everything Halal but dont label it as such.

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    FoodofChoice

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • If pre stunning is the approved legally required humane way of killing animals for human consumption in the UK it should apply to all animals killed for consumption in the UK. If it is required in some slaughter houses it should be required in all. Also all halal meat should be labelled as such when sold, so that those who do not agree with the method of slaughter for humane reasons and for culinary reasons can avoid it. Defra should have been using this money to further the research showing that bleed out is not impeded by stunning. Creating the jobs is good, creating demand for local produce is good, but that is all. And one wonders what Hillside's stance is on this.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • £6100 for each job created, will be money well spent by Defra, if this Halal food park takes off! Its good to see the goverment giving businesses money to create jobs, instead of giving it to spongers to sit on their backside! Who cares what nationality they are, Spanish, Polish, British, Asian if they live in this country lets get them working and contributing some taxes.

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    FoodofChoice

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Halal slaughter is barbaric, outdated slaughter if animals which is nothing but cruel. The governments own FAWC came to this conclusion in about 1997 . Sadly, this Givernment lacks the balls to stand up to minority ethnic groups and would rather pander to them than act in animal cruelty. There is nothing in the Kiran that states that animals must be slaughtered by this method. Instead it is an outdated method from an era when we had no fridges- curing the carotid meant the animal bled out more easily, meaning the carcass was drained if blood and lasted longer in the heat. In many countries where Muslims have immigrated, such as Norway, Sweden and Australia, pre stunning is required before halal slaughter can be performed. I fail to understand why we are putting antiquated and pre BC methods of slaughter ahead of the obvious cruelty to animals. It is time for the government to act on halal meat and make sure it is 100% pre stunned.

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    shewolf

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • As more people are being educated on what Halal promotion is really about,they expect to hear the drivel you are spouting and dont buy your excuses any more.Halal and Kosher food is legal when consumed by those following those religions,those are the only exceptions as you well know,.yet more and more is being supplied and sold to those that dont have any religious requirement.As for the job creation,most of these jobs will be advertised abroad and not available to non Moslems,so cant see how that will benefit this country as those employed and their families will need housing ,education and health provision.There is also the issue that I object as an atheist the fact that I am offended at the prospect of unwittingly buying food that has been ritually slaughtered and dedicated to what I consider to be a Pagan god,not to mention the cruel slaughter methods and the suffering inflicted on the animals.

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    Paul Grimaldi

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • As more people are being educated on what Halal promotion is really about,they expect to hear the drivel you are spouting and dont buy your excuses any more.Halal and Kosher food is legal when consumed by those following those religions,those are the only exceptions as you well know,.yet more and more is being supplied and sold to those that dont have any religious requirement.As for the job creation,most of these jobs will be advertised abroad and not available to non Moslems,so cant see how that will benefit this country as those employed and their families will need housing ,education and health provision.There is also the issue that I object as an atheist the fact that I am offended at the prospect of unwittingly buying food that has been ritually slaughtered and dedicated to what I consider to be a Pagan god,not to mention the cruel slaughter methods and the suffering inflicted on the animals.

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    Paul Grimaldi

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • There is no welfare at at any stage of ritual slaughter whatsoever, it should not be happening in this country. Also, the media keep spouting this twaddle about incresing demand for Halal meat etc. The increasing demand is coming from OUR own British institutions, NHS, schools, local authorities etc who are deliberately giving it to unknowing NON muslims! It must be stopped immediately! RSPCA, why are you so quiet on this subject???

    Report this comment

    Carl Ktm

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • As more people are being educated on what Halal promotion is really about,they expect to hear the drivel you are spouting and dont buy your excuses any more.Halal and Kosher food is legal when consumed by those following those religions,those are the only exceptions as you well know,.yet more and more is being supplied and sold to those that dont have any religious requirement.As for the job creation,most of these jobs will be advertised abroad and not available to non Moslems,so cant see how that will benefit this country as those employed and their families will need housing ,education and health provision.There is also the issue that I object as an atheist the fact that I am offended at the prospect of unwittingly buying food that has been ritually slaughtered and dedicated to what I consider to be a Pagan god,not to mention the cruel slaughter methods and the suffering inflicted on the animals.

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    Paul Grimaldi

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I completely agree with the comment above. The issue is one of animal welfare. If animals should be stunned before slaughter then that should apply to all animals regardless of their destination. Religious or other beliefs should not override our duty of care to these animals.

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    Karen Nethercott

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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