The world ‘Halaal’ is Arabic for ‘permissible’, so the literal interpretation of Halaal meat or Halaal fish, is that it’s food considered by Islamic law to be fit for eating. The opposite of Halaal is Haraam, and according to the Codex Alimentarius, a body governing international food standards; Haraam food covers a long list of animals, it also includes the blood of any animal, and any permissible animal not slaughtered according to Islamic Law.
The Islamic ritual slaughter of animals is called Dhabihah (or Zabihah) and what this means in practise is that the person performing the slaughter must be a Muslim of sound mind and fully knowledgeable of the relevant procedures; the animal itself must be Halaal and not have been fed any animal by-products; the animal must be alive at the time of slaughter; the name of God must be called out immediately prior to slaughter; and the knife used must be sharp severing the trachea, oesophagus and main arteries swiftly.
Another qualifying criterion of Halaal certified meat, is that there can be no contamination of Halaal food by non-Halaal food – all Halaal food processing must happen in a completely separate location. With this in mind, in 2001, to cater for the rapidly expanding needs of their Halaal customers, N1 opened an independent factory purely for the production of Halaal certified meat, Halaal fish and other certified products. And in 2016, when N1 moved to bigger and better premises, their Halaal infrastructure grew exponentially too – Halaal and non-Halaal products are stored in two entirely separate freezer rooms which are able to hold up to 1,500,000 tons of high-quality Halaal certified meat and Halaal fish.
In choosing to be completely and proactively compliant, N1 carry the Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA) Halaal Accreditation. ICSA was established in 1975 and it acts as a unifying platform which enables the community to be part of the World Muslim Community. They are highly regarded in the Muslim community and by choosing this accreditation, N1 can safely guarantee all their Halaal customers only the best in high-quality, Halaal products – if you’re looking for the best in Halaal meat South Africa, call N1 today.