HEALTH AND FOOD STANDARDS
Hajj Health Education Project
The Meningitis Trust, Muslim Doctors and Dentist Association (MDDA) and Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) launched a joint Hajj Health Education Project to educate Muslims in the UK about health issues relating to their pilgrimage to Mecca. This lifesaving project was initiated to educate pilgrims, healthcare professionals and tour operators about health issues and preventative steps like vaccination through specially created health education materials, an educational programme and lectures on an ongoing basis.
Working towards an ‘International Halal Standard’, a four-way collaboration agreement was signed by The International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The American Halal Association (AHA) and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) at the World Halal Forum Europe 2010 in London on the 10th-11th November 2010. The four well established bodies will work together on issues relating to Halal Standards development and the formation of a network of national Halal Accreditation bodies to ensure the standard of Halal through the chain of suppliers. One of the key resolutions of the Forum included enjoining collaborative actions to tackle the discriminatory EU amendment 205 which, if passed, will impose forced labelling of Halal and Kosher meat as ‘unstunned.’
The theme of the event was 'Halal Products and Services – Going Mainstream’ and provided an opportunity to discuss issues surrounding the Halal Industry and ways to make it better. The event was attended by organisations across Europe, Australia, South East Asia and North America, with a total of over 30 countries represented.