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Today many people choose what to eat based on religious principles or health reasons, and how the animals are treated. More and more often,...
Halal is an Arabic term which translates literally to “permissible” and refers to a set of rules in Islam dictating permissible and forbidden activities, often involving food and drink. In order for meat to be considered halal, the animal must be slaughtered in a way that adheres to certain strict guidelines, or else it is deemed “haram” or unlawful.
The word ‘halal’ relates to what is permissible under Islamic law, and in food terms this involves animals being slaughtered and processed in a particular way. In addition, products should not contain pork or alcohol.
One report valued the global halal food and beverage market at $1.37 trillion in 2014, which represented 18% of the entire market, and the number of Muslims worldwide is expected to increase from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050, according to Pew Research Center.