The debate on appropriate labelling of halal and kosher meat products continues to rage after the House of Commons rejected a proposal to ensure all such meat is labelled at the  point of sale.

There is currently no legal obligation for halal or kosher meat to be labelled as such but animal welfare groups have called for greater clarity so that  consumers can make informed choices.

For meat to be halal, the animal must be slaughtered in the presence of a licensed Muslim  slaughterman. Whilst it must be technically alive at the point of slaughter, more than 84% of  animals classed as halal are pre-stunned. Labelling of food products remains a hot topic and we recently reported on some of the key changes in the last edition of newsletter -