Non-Halal Meat in Kuwait?

An Iowa-based food supplier is accused of marketing its products as halal to Muslims worldwide in Kuwait, UAE and Malaysia, when in fact its meats were  not.


The lawsuit says that Midamar employees would remove the label from the Minnesota-based plant and exchange it for a label from a Nebraska plant where kill practices are certified as halal.

In the West, halal meat is a delicate rarity for which shop owners charge premium prices knowing full well that Muslims will pay it in order to keep up their protein intake. Once upon a time in Hyderabad, India I joked with a waitress by asking her if the fish was halal. Now I believe the joke is on me, as I never thought I would have to ask the same question in Kuwait, a predominantly Muslim country.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, the company could have been misleading customers since inception, for many, many years!

The defendants, brothers Jalel and Yahya “Bill” Aossey, are charged with 91 other counts of making false statements on export certificates, wire fraud and money laundering. (link)

Which begs the question, who is importing from this company in Kuwait? What are they branding it as? And how long have they known?

There was a post on Facebook recently stressing something about Americana minced beef.

What is strange is that this is not the first time such allegations are made against this company, it happened in 2012 as well. Even stranger is their “defense”: The corporation has strongly refuted the allegations and called them a “religious matter” that the U.S. government has no right to regulate.

Watch what you eat, even in Kuwait. All is not as it seems.

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