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- On January 30, 2012 our researcher called the
Butterball Corporate office and spoke to Anita in
the Customer Service Department. Our
researcher explained her understanding that
Butterball turkeys in the US are halal slaughtered,
that this information was recently taken off their
website, that she was told this information
personally on the phone a couple of days before
Thanksgiving and the same information was given to
thousands of other people who called Butterball at
that time -- plus there are
articles on the internet stating that Butterball
turkeys in the US are halal slaughtered.
Anita said that the Butterball Customer Service
Department misunderstod what was required to be "halal."
They thought that because they were following the
USDA guidelines, that those were the same guidelines
required for halal slaughter. Anita said they
were given "talking points" that said there is no
prayer said over the animal when it is killed in the
U.S. She did agree that their turkeys are
Halal Certified outside of the U.S. Our
researcher responded that Butterball misinformed the
entire nation about their turkeys. It is very
suspicious that they neither made the correction in
the news media nor on their website. Anita
just apologized and said she'd give this information
to the appropriate person who could choose to
provide notice on the website or to the public
through media. Our researcher's conclusion is
that she doesn't necessarily believe Butterball at
this point but on the other hand she can't prove
anything either. Her conclusion is to presume
that Butterball turkeys in the US are not halal
until there is a way to prove that they are, but
since there are other choices of turkeys to
purchase, it would probably be best to steer clear
of the issue by choosing another brand.
- On January 10, 2012, a spokesperson for Pizza
Hut confirmed on the phone to our researcher that
none of the meats used by Pizza Hut in the United
States are halal.
- On January 9, 2012, corporate Subway confirmed
by memo that it does not have any halal products in
their foods in the United States.
- Our crack researcher obtained a national
telephone number for Subway on December 6, and
placed a call. The women our researcher spoke
with said she would make sure the appropriate
corporate representative would receive our
information request. She also offered that she
was not authorized to answer any questions about "halal"
but that nevertheless Subway has no halal products
in Subway foods. For that reason, we
"unofficially" list Subway as non-halal, but we
await official corporate confirmation of that fact.
- On November 28, our very own crack researcher
spoke with a representative for Campbell Soup
company corporate and was told the following: in
Canada, Campbells sells 13 soups that are halal.
In the US they have no halal products. In
Canada, they put two designations on their products:
1) a circle with a capital "M" inside and the left
side of the circle is a darkened crescent; and 2) "ISNA".
The representative said they sell their products in
hundreds of countries but was not sure of the halal
status in countries other than Canada or the US.
- On November 27, 2011, one of our crack
researchers asked an employee in the meat department
at the Market of Choice in Eugene,
Oregon on Willamette Street whether 1) they get any of their lamb
from Australia; and 2) whether any of their meats
are halal slaughtered (and the researcher also confirmed with
the employee what that meant). Our researcher
was told that 1) Market of Choice does not get any
lamb from Australia, and all comes from the
Willamette Valley (local to Oregon); and 2) none of
their meat is halal slaughtered.
- On 25 November 2011, the local Costco Wholesale
establishment in Eugene, Oregon was called and an
employee in the meat market stated that all of the
lamb in Costco is from Australia and is halal
- We are awaiting information about corporate Subway.
- We are also awaiting a phone response from the
District Manager for Pizza Hut as to whether they
have halal slaughter products in their food.
- We have a call pending for Winco (Eugene, Oregon)
to determine which meats other than Butterball
turkeys are halal slaughtered.
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