TWO CAUSES FOR CONCERN REGARDING MORRISONS
1. MORRISONS have instructed their Meat Departments NOT put Meat Codes on Lamb or Pork or Chicken or Turkey… in fact only their Beef now displays the EU Meat Code.
WHY are Morrisons leaving the Meat Codes off of most of their packaged meat???
TODAY I have been told by the Food Standards Authority (FSA) that this breaks the EU Regulations,
which state that ALL Packaged Meat MUST carry the EU Meat Code & Country of Slaughter.
If anyone doubts this, or if you just want to have your say to Simon Tudor, who is the person at the FSA who is responsible for halal, but admits very little… Tel: 0207 276 8339.
Here is an example of how Morrisons puts the EU Meat Code on their Beef (ONLY)
2. This morning I have found out from one of our Members that some MORRISONS Branches are selling LAMB Meat Code 6057
This 6057 Meat Code means that the meat is from Randall Parker Foods, Andover
… A HALAL CERTIFIED SLAUGHTERHOUSE & CUTTING PLANT!
WHY are Morrisons selling meat from a Halal Slaughterhouse & a Halal Cutting Plant???
RANDALL PARKER FOODS clearly say on their website…
All our Halal lamb products are guaranteed to have been produced and processed in accordance with Islamic rites as well as our own high animal welfare standards. We are approved by the Halal Food Authority and we have been producing Halal products for many years. We are an established and reliable producer of Halal lamb for both the home and international markets.
Our processing is carried out by dedicated and fully qualified Halal slaughtermen with supervision by our own welfare team and UK Government veterinarians.
We implement strict codes of practice and policies to protect both animal welfare and the Halal standard.
We acknowledge the application of Islamic rules and principles may differ between communities and we will be happy to discuss the opportunities we have to meet your requirements.
It is vital to us that our Muslim consumers can buy and enjoy with total peace of mind.
Proof of Halal Certification by the HFA (Halal Food Authority):
HFA CERTIFIED – Scroll Down & see Randall Parker listed!
RING MORRISONS HQ & COMPLAIN – 0845 6116111
Careful who you give you details to – I have crossed paths with Muslims there in the past -notably Madge Farid who was most rude. Also the Customer Care Manager, Claire Thornton told me that Daniel Armstrong is a Manager, but today I found out from Mohammad that he is not – he is actually working under Claire!
WHY cant Morrisons’ Staff be straight with me when I ring?
I aim to put all this in writing to…
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC,
Chief Executive: Mr Dalton Philips,
Tel: 01274 261000, 0845 611 6111,
ALSO Ring Your Local Branch and Tell Meat Dept. these two things…
All meat should show Meat Codes & to watch out for rogue packets of meat that are wrapped differently from usual -especially Meat Code No.6057
Find your Local Morrisons Branch Tel.No. by adding your postcode to their Store Finder here:
You may also want to complain to DEFRA about the overproduction of halal meat as I did today. Tel: 08459 335577
I spoke to Geoff Webdale who’s been responsible for Animal Welfare in England since 2007
I told him that some of my Members are Farmers, who have changed abattoirs, because they couldn’t bear to see their cattle literally climbing the walls with their heads half hanging off.
Geoff cold-heartedly said,
“Well that shouldn’t be happening – they should have been tethered to hold them still!”
That just about sums the situation up really –
Does anyone care enough in Britain to stop this outdated 7th Century barbarity in our 21st Century abattoirs?
I thought Morrisons cared… until today.
The Care Team Manager, Claire Thornton gave me the distinct impression that she is fed up with hearing from me (I last rang just before Easter).
I told her that not labelling any meat properly with Meat Codes was against the EU Regulations, but she said Morrisons would not have made that move without checking it thoroughly first.
I also reported that we know they are selling unlabelled halal lamb in some stores. Claire said –
“We do not sell any halal meat, other than New Zealand Lamb, which is clearly labelled halal.”
I replied saying –
“No… what you are probably selling is the cheap cast off halal lamb, that has failed the halal inspection, by having a blemish… or maybe there was a spillage… so it is rejected and called haram; …but has still been faced to Mecca, dedicated to Allah & Ritually Slaughtered – probably without stunning – certainly without adequate stunning.
Claire made no comment.
I asked Claire to ring me back when she finds out about the need for proper labelling.
Claire refused to ring me back, but promised to send me an email within 4 working days.
When I rang back in the afternoon to tell them that Meat Codes on all Packaged Meat was not an option, Claire Thornton was unavailable to speak to me, but I was reminded that she would email me.
I have had a soft spot for Morrisons in the past, as they are the only supermarket that say they refuse to sell halal… but this is the umpteenth time I have found them out.
So I hope you will all remind Claire Thornton that we are all checking the Meat Codes at Morrisons in the hope that we find meat from one of their own traditional abattoirs, for example:
2092 Farmers Boy Bradford, West Yorkshire
I spent five hours in all on the phone and finished off at 4:30pm by ringing TRADING STANDARDS, as advised by my MP and by DEFRA and by the FSA.
TRADING STANDARDS Tel: 0845 40405 (where I ring most days to give an update on more products that I am finding that are Certified Halal, but not labelled as such.)
Today it was MORRISONS and NATURE VALLEY that I brought to the attention of TRADING STANDARDS.
I heard this morning on BBC News that Nature Valley – which has a tiny Halal Certification mark on the back… are now to be the Official Cereal Bars of the 2012 Olympics!
WHY is there no mention in the advertising that the bars are certified halal by the Halal Food Authority?
WHY CHOOSE A HALAL PRODUCT? Oh Yes… I seem to remember this news item published in January 2010…