Halal labelling should be mandatory, denying it was outrageous

Finally we learn that months after the Halal meat scandal, George Eustice, the Parliamentary under-secretary of state for farming, food and the marine environment, has proposed that the labels of ‘stunned’ and ‘unstunned’ on meat packaging would give a ‘clear definition’ to consumers.

These measures are long overdue, for it emerged this year that the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer were selling tons of unmarked meat to clueless customers. Worse still, popular high street chains such as Pizza Express had been serving up Halal chicken to diners, something not made clear on the menu.

It wasn’t just the restaurants, fast food outlets like Subway, KFC and Nando’s also admitted using Halal meat in some dishes, again without clear communication to their customers.