Belgian fruit syrup faces boycott calls over halal labelling

A fruit syrup that has been a staple of Belgian kitchens for generations is at the centre of a row over national identity, after its manufacturers applied for ‘halal’ certification.

The makers of Sirop de Liège, a molasses made of stewed apples, dates and pears and known by its distinctive blue and green pot, face a bitter backlash after they sought to tap into overseas Islamic markets.

The Siroperie Meurens, the family business that has been boiling fruit to the same recipe since 1902, faces calls for a boycott and has been inundated with online abuse since it announced the move.

  • Millie_Woods

    I’ve been using it to patch my roof. I had no idea you could eat it.

  • edlancey

    lickarse Belgian twats deserve to go bankrupt.

  • Ho Hum

    It’s good to see that some people are finally waking up. The manufacturer says he is just trying to crack into foreign markets but I suspect it is doing this to appease the very large Muslim population in Belgium (25% +).

    I wish Canadian’s would wake up ! On the issue of Halal about 99% of the Canadian population have their heads up their asses.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “…and has been inundated with online abuse since it announced the move.”
    Abuse away, and make it cost them.

  • Brett_McS

    Halal Certification has never been necessary for export of products such as this to Islamic countries as it is ‘naturally halal’. The whole scheme is a total scam of very recent origin.

    • tom_billesley

      JAT, for Jizya Added Tax.

  • moraywatson

    If you certify your product as being halal, you are appeasing the sharia. You are selling out to islam. That is what you are doing

  • Achmed

    People have a right to know that the apples, dates and pears were slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law.

    All foods should have mandatory Halal licensing.

  • tom_billesley

    Halal maple syrup anyone?.

    Occasionally, he drags a length of fatty bacon rind through the mix. “The fat stops it bubbling over,” he says.

    There’s a lot to be said for traditional methods.