Muis probing Aussie abattoir after Malaysia suspends its slaughtering approval

The abattoir, Thomas Foods International Lobethal, is accredited by the SFA to export meat to Singapore. PHOTO: THOMASFOODS.COM

SINGAPORE - The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) is investigating allegations against an Australian abattoir, after a slaughtering approval granted to it by the Malaysian authorities was suspended.

In a Facebook post on Monday (May 16), Muis said it is currently working with the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to ascertain relevant information on the abattoir - Thomas Foods International Lobethal - from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

The post added that the abattoir is accredited by the SFA to export meat to Singapore.

"Based on SFA's checks, imports from the establishment had met food safety requirements," said the post, which added that slaughtered and/or processed meat in this abattoir is certified halal by the Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia.

The Australian council is among the Muis-recognised foreign halal certification bodies accredited under a previous recognition framework.

Muis said on Monday that the Australian council has submitted a fresh application under an enhanced recognition framework, which was introduced recently.

"Muis' decision on the renewal of (the Australian council's) recognition application is still pending," it added.

"If the outcome of the investigations establish that there are serious lapses by (the Australian council), Muis may decide not to renew (its) application to be a Muis-recognised foreign halal certification body."

Malaysian media outlets reported last Saturday that the country's suspension of the slaughtering approval given to the Australian abattoir followed alleged violations of halal slaughtering procedures.

In its Facebook post on Monday, Muis urged the community not to speculate or spread unverified information regarding the matter while investigations are ongoing.

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