lundi, 18 décembre 2017
 

French Muslim Stakeholders Release about the CEN/AFNOR Halal Standard

RELEASE :

Halal is primarily a religious issue

AND a Matter for Muslim religious authorities

The signatories of this press release, met April 20, 2015 at the Grand Mosque of Lyon and agreed that :

· Any Muslim religious questions or definitions, or religious decisions are the exclusive prerogative of religious authorities of the Muslim community.

· Any accreditation, auditing, certification, and the control of all production that requires halal authentication are the exclusive responsibility of the competent Muslim operatings under the control of the accredited and recognized Muslim authorities and religious institutions.

· No standards for halal procedures used by the Muslim community may be owned by a non-Muslim organization.

Therefore, the signatories of this release forcefully denounce the current standardization project "Halal Foods” of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) which will be discussed shortly in Cordoba (from 28 to 30 April 2015).

This project and any resulting proposals are inconsistent with the rules and prescription of the Islamic religion and, therefore, the French Muslim community will not accept any such document.

Furthermore, a working committee of CEN, hosted by the French Standards Association (AFNOR), the three mosques (Paris, Lyon, and Evry) and French Muslim Worship Council (CFCM) were only asked to participate as "technical support". This "secondary" role conferred on them shows the willingness of these standards bodies to deprive Muslims of their right to control an issue that is essentially religious.

For this purpose : the signatories below require the transfer of the working committee "Foodstuffs Halal” to the authority of the heads of Muslim religious institutions alone that are competent to deal with these problems that are essentially religious.

If this requirement is not completed by September 30, 2015, the signatories will leave the commission.

At this time they are suspending their participation in the work of this commission and no longer will participate in future meetings.

Signed by : CFCM (French Muslim Council of Worship), Grand Mosque of Lyon, Great Mosque of Evry, European Halal Services, ASIDCOM (Muslim Consumers), UFCM(Muslim Consumers), SIRAT(wholesaler), AVS (à votre service).


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  • We denounce this. Halal is religious and no government agency has any right to play around with it.
    Leave Halal alone to the Muslims to handle and worry about it.
    Non-Muslims have no right to play with it.

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  • It is up to the Muslims to work alone on this topic.

    But in this case the Muslims came to CEN and asked CEN to build a board to work on this. According the regulations of the nationals boards there are no decisions possible without the acceptance of the Muslims. They can deny everything that is in their opinion not acceptable.

    The french Muslims supported this process for a long time (at least since 2012) but now they are crying because they realized that even people from other religions can read books.

    As I wrote in the beginning : its up to them to work alone on this, but than dont go to CEN yourself !!!

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    • The CEN project insn’t a Muslim request. In 2007, work was ongoing with AFNOR, in France, on the development of a specification standard for halal products. But this draft standard originally announced in France never materialized at that time but reappear via an Austrian initiative in late 2009. In France, we was told that, if we don’t participate, the work will be done without us. That’s Why ASIDCOM has participated in order to defend Muslim consumers’ interest. Unfortunately, the CEN work content is confidential. Otherwise, you will see by yourself how much we worked hard with non-Muslims for the general interest. But it is clear There is an agenda against Muslim rights within this CEN project.
      Wassalaam

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