Chicken Abattoirs Warned for Not Adhering to Halal Standards

MALAYSIA - The owners of three chicken slaughterhouses located in Cheras, Jinjang and at the Chow Kit Market have been issued a stern warning by the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for failing to adhere to halal standards.
calendar icon 1 August 2013
clock icon 2 minute read reports that the halal standards include the manner of slaughtering and method of processing the chickens as well as the level of cleanliness.

The errant operators were given a week to ensure the halal standards were strictly adhered to and Jakim officers would inspect the premises again, said its Halal Hub Division director, Hakimah Yusoff.

She said inspections at the three chicken slaughterhouses at 1am today also showed that they used strong electric current to weaken the chickens besides allowing only a short bloodletting period before placing the chickens in hot water for processing.

"This process does not follow Jakim's halal standards," she added after leading the four-hour "Ops Ayam" at the three premises.

The "Ops Ayam" was conducted in conjunction with Aidilfitri to ensure the operators of chicken slaughterhouses in Kuala Lumpur abide by the halal standards.

Officers from the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department, Immigration Department, Veterinary Services Department, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Health Ministry also took part in the concerted operation.

During the operation, the Immigration officers also detained an Indonesia immigrant worker for misusing his work permit.

The slaughterhouse in Cheras handles about 20,000 chickens per day, the one in Jinjang 4,000, and the one at the Chow Kit Market, 2,000.

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