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What does the halal food logo mean?

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The halal logo signifies that the meat adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran, and that it was slaughtered in a particular way. Halal is Arabic for "permissible."

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For meat to be considered halal, the animal from which it came must be alive and healthy at time of slaughter, and the kill must occur through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe. The blood must also be drained from the carcass. During this process, a Muslim recites a dedication to bless the animal that is known as shahada or tasmiya. Halal meat is like kosher meat in that they both require a surgically sharp knife and a specially-trained slaughterman, but there are differences between the two in regard to how often the animals are blessed and which parts of the animal are considered okay to eat.

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