Is Creekstone Farms Beef Slaughtered Using the Vertical Cut?
[Photograph: Larry W. Smith, New York Times]
There are some concerns that arose in the Muslim community about some of the standards by which Creekstone Farms beef is certified Halal by the Halal Transactions of Omaha. HTO has issued an update on this issue addressing these concerns.
Regarding the vertical cut
HTO does not certify a vertical cut. Instead it allows plants to use a stabbing, as is the traditional Nahr method used by the Prophet Muhammad (S). They also do not certify the the standard “European” cut that takes place at non-Halal slaughterhouses. At Creekstone Farms, they certify a method as Halal in which cattle are initially cut with a stab in the neck followed by a full, traditional horiztonal/transverse cut by hand that severs the major vessels in the animal’s neck. The details of this are in HTO’s update.
Proof of Muslim employment
HTO’s update also responds to concerns that there are no Muslim slaughtermen who work at Creekstone Farms. HTO has responded that there are Muslim employees they train to work as slaughtermen in the plants they certify. Specifically for Creekstone Farms, HTO has attached copies of weekly Halal Slaughter Reports that are required to be completed in addition to their regular inspections and audits.See HTO’s full article on their standards overall and the specifics of what they certify at Creekstone Farms here.