Muslim group joins food label court

A body representing some members of the Muslim community in SA will oppose an application by a Christian group in which it is challenging the government’s regulations allowing a wide range of food packaging to be religiously certified and to carry religious signs.The National Association and Coalition of Christian Groups and Individuals for Practical Equality and Protection of Constitutional Rights earlier filed papers with the Pretoria High Court, asking that the court declare that the religious certification of food, which excluded the Christian faith, was unconstitutional.The group objects to the fact that a wide range of food products are religiously labelled, such as those carrying the Halaal, Hindu or Jewish signs, indicating the product is suitable for consumption by these groups. It say s there should be alternative products available without these labels.The coalition launched the application against the ministers of health and trade and industry, and the National Consumer Tribunal.The United Ulama Council of SA, which represents a number of Halaal certifying bodies, indicated it would join the legal proceedings to oppose the coalition’s application.The Jewish community, represented by a Joburg attorney, also indicated that it was launching an application to be joined, said M Lombaard, of Lombaard Attorneys, who is representing the coalition.The United Ulama Council of SA said it was entering the legal battle because Halaal certification directly affected the Muslim consumer.Rafiek Mohamed, a Muslim theologian, said in court papers that Muslims, Hindus and Jews had particular dietary laws. Since they required guidance on which food items were suitable for them a certification system had developed over the years.None of the certifying bodies imposed their certifying process on suppliers. The application was premised on the untrue notion that these religious communities “forced” their values on other communities.People who disapproved of the religious signs “can simply abstain from purchasing such a product”.Mohamed said there were many products without such labelling. But Lombaard said there were few alternative products, and thatabout 90 percent of the meat industry was Halaal.The applicant is asking for a list of alternative products. The dairy and dried fruit industry will be asked for such a list, as well as the abattoirs in Gauteng which do not slaughter in terms of specific religious rules. – Pretoria News

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  1. When people got nothing to do, they look for stories and cases to fight on things that, by the end of the day you make the lawyers rich, business owners rich and the newspaper rich and the people looking for the answers themselves and pick the right options afterwards.

    This christian community – suppose to think again. By going to court on halaal issue is a big blunder they have made to themselves. Halaal issue will turn many christian to opt for Islam believe and all the lies they have been fed will be exposed in search of halaal knowledge.

    Halaal issue will make a clever christian to discover a lot of other discussed issues for example circumcision on the side of men, which Abraham & Jesus they had it and Christians stopped it out of fear. Women dressing, proper Christians were commanded to cover their bodies properly including their hair, our born free christian go to church in min-skirt. Women preaching in the church some not available in the bible.

    Care must be taken whenever we need to address our frustration – because you will be used as the vehicle to transport the message and benefit others.

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