Should the government be responsible for Halal fraud?

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Toronto, March 18 (CINEWS): For a while now Muslim community leaders have expressed worry about the rise in halal fraud.
Starting next month, all “halal” labeled food must specify the name of the body that has certified the food. Fair enough, but the issue really is the policing of the certifying bodies. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made it clear that overseeing certifying bodies is not under their jurisdiction because this has nothing to do with health and safety and everything to do with a religious requirement.
The problem is that there are many certifying bodies, each with their own interpretations of the Koran. Besides there are some dubious bodies out there who are capitalizing on the growing business of certifying halal products. This leaves the field wide open for mis-labeling.
Certifying halal products is made complicated because there isn’t a common code adopted among certifying bodies. For example, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of Canada (IFANCC) has no issue with machine-slaughtered chickens.
There are dozens of certifying bodies that are not regulated. As long as there is no consensus on what is acceptable as truly halal among all the stakeholders, it is virtually impossible to regulate these bodies. And the government agencies are leery about getting involved with policing religious practices when it comes to slaughtering animals.
Muslims are the fastest growing group in Canada and that means the demand for halal products is expected to rise. In an unregulated halal certifying market, unscrupulous players can and probably are simply taking advantage of the situation.

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