Who are your Halal certifiers?
Zabiha Halal is certified Halal by the Canadian Halal Food Certifying Agency (CHFCA) as well as Halal Monitoring Organization (HMO). We are also endorsed by leading Islamic scholars and Islamic organizations such as: Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Alnadvi of Sharia Consulting Services, Fiqh Council of North America, The Islamic Centre of Canada, Association Musulmane des Commerces Des Viandes Halal-Quebec, Canada. We voluntarily follow Halal standards approved by Masjid Istiqlal-Indonesia, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) and many other well-known Muslim organizations around the world. We are also a member of International Halal Integrity Alliance. Additionally, We continuously invite Imams and religious scholars to visit our plant and witness our process, and welcome suggestions and recommendations that help us improve this process.
Do you bless each individual bird?
Yes! Our halal slaughter is a continuous process. The Muslim blessers recite Tasmiah at the time each bird comes under the rotary blade. We understand that it is not possible for a person to continuously recite Tasmiah, over long periods, at the same rate. To keep the speed consistent, the blessers at the slaughter station are rotated with other blessers in order to prevent fatigue. This rotation continues for the duration of the slaughter process.
How do you ensure your Halal process is consistent?
Along with frequent inspection visits from our certifying bodies, we have strict internal controls to ensure Islamic guidelines are always followed. It is our standard procedure to have minimum three Muslim blessers at each line, with one backup. These Muslim employees are well-trained and under oath to perform the duties assigned to them with honesty and integrity. We periodically conduct Halal refresher courses for all involved in Halal processing, including our senior management.
How do you make sure your birds are alive and healthy at the time of slaughter?
We have several checkpoints in place to ensure the chickens we slaughter are alive and in good health. Several Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspectors work in our slaughter operations inspecting the chickens throughout the process, from slaughter through to further processing. When chickens are placed on the slaughtering line, our well-trained employees check every chicken and remove any unsuitable chickens. Our blessers perform heartbeat checks and visually monitor the movement of the chicken and flow of blood at the time of slaughter.
Do you play a CD or cassette for blessing?
No. There has never been a CD or cassette for blessing chickens in our facility. We employ more than 25 Muslim blessers to ensure that the chickens are properly blessed on the slaughtering line.
Why do you machine slaughter instead of hand slaughter?
To ensure we can consistently satisfy high demand and provide high quality meat, we use machine slaughtering. The machine cut is very precise, and is an approved method by our certifier, many Imams and Islamic organizations in North America and around the world, as one of the permitted Halal slaughtering methods. Zabiha Halal is federally inspected, HACCP and BRC certified (two of the most rigorous standards of food safety).
How do you ensure Halal ingredients and products are separated from non-Halal products and ingredients?
We have a stringent Quality Assurance coding system in place that preserves the identity of Halal meat all the way through the process, enabling us to certify our Halal claim. This system ensures the segregation of Halal from non-Halal products, and is verified on a frequent and random basis to ensure the integrity of our Halal products is maintained.
What happens if your products don't get certified?
If Halal standards are not met, our certifiers will inform us that the group of chickens in question are not Halal and must be separated from the rest.
Are your beef products also Halal?
In response to the growing needs of Halal consumers of Canada, Zabiha Halal also offers a number of Halal beef products. These products are produced at locations approved and supervised by our Halal certifying body CHFCA.
Do you use antibiotics?
Our parent company, Maple Lodge Farms, has contracts with several local Ontario farmers and as such, the grain that each farmer feeds their chickens will vary to some degree. It is a general practice (outside of organic farming or those labeled raised without antibiotics) to use a very small amount of antibiotic in chicken feed to prevent birds from developing disease. In this way, veterinary antibiotics play an integral role in providing safe food for consumers as well as in animal welfare and animal health.
Do you use hormones?
The use of hormones (including steroid hormones) in chicken production has been banned in Canada since 1963. It is illegal and has been for more than 55 years, so you can rest assured that you are not consuming hormones when you eat chicken. To ensure compliance, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency employs a surveillance program whereby meat samples are routinely tested for chemical residues including hormones. For further information, please visit the Chicken Farmers of Canada here.
What is an Automated Slaughtering System?
In an automated slaughter, an automatic rotary blade precisely cut esophageal, pulmonary, jugular and carotid channels leaving the head attached while a Muslim orally recites Tasmiah and Takbeer (Bismillahi wa Allohuakbar). It ensures a precise cut without decapitation. This slaughtering process is approved by leading Muslim scholars and Halal certifying bodies and widely used in the Halal industry worldwide.
We use automated slaughtering to satisfy high demand and provide high quality meat consistently.
What kinds of products do you make?
Delicious ones! We are proud to offer Halal certified fresh, frozen, and processed chicken products, as well as pizza and beef burgers.
Where can I find your products?
Our Store Locator will help you find our products in a grocery store near you.
Are all your ingredients Halal?
Yes! When we say Halal, we mean it! Our Product Development team, as well as our Halal certifying partners, have a rigorous assessment process to ensure that all of our ingredients are Halal. In addition, all Halal products are lactose free with no MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). Read more about our Halal process.
What is Living Halal?
Living Halal is our way of helping Canadian Muslims live Halal all year long. We share lifestyle content created by Muslim Canadians for Muslim Canadians. Check out our blog at LivingHalal.ca.
What does Zabiha Halal mean?
“Zabiha Halal” is the term used to describe any meat that is slaughtered according to the Islamic Rites.
How long has Zabiha Halal been around?
We’ve been providing high quality Halal products since 1990.
Is Zabiha Halal owned by Muslims?
Maple Lodge Farms is not owned by Muslims. The company is owned and operated by the May family, who settled in Ontario and raised livestock on their property from the early 1800’s. However, the company fully understands the requirements and responsibility of serving authentic Halal products. It began its Halal production in 1990 under the supervision of local Imams, religious scholars, and international Halal regulatory bodies. To ensure a consistent standard in Halal processing, the company is audited and endorsed by many Islamic organizations and Muslim scholars, and currently employs at least 10 blessers and an exclusive marketing team to serve the Muslim community, including a Muslim Halal Relations Manager and a Muslim Brand Manager.
What is the relationship between Zabiha Halal and the Canadian Muslim community like?
Close and welcoming. We pride ourselves on our grassroots history, which has led to continued support of local Islamic events, charities, and mosques.
What is Halal?
“Halal” is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permitted”. When it comes to food and consumables, Halal is the dietary standard of Muslims.
What is Haram?
The opposite of Halal is “Haram”, which means “unlawful” or “prohibited”.
What makes meat Halal? What are the basic requirements for Halal Slaughter?
The Four basic requirements of Halal Slaughter are: