HMC Press Releases

The latest HMC and Halal News

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03 October 2013

Eid-ul-Adha - Will your Qurbani be valid?

As the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha draws near, many Muslims are already placing Qurbani orders with butchers countrywide in preparation of this important festive period. As many know, Qurbani is an important obligation for the majority of Muslim adults with detailed and specific prescription based on Islamic teachings beyond the normal rules of Halal. Read more...

10 May 2013

Pork DNA in Halal Lamb Burgers in Leicester Schools

Parents are shocked by revelations of pork DNA in halal lamb burgers that have been fed to Muslim children in Leicester Schools. Read more...

05 February 2013

HFA Mis-Information Alert!

HMC does not certify Liffey Meats in Ireland as claimed by HFA in their recent press release. Read more...

14 September 2012

Senior Mufti of India congratulates HMC

One of the most senior Muftis from the Indian sub-continent, Mufti Muhammad Salman Mansoorpuri visited HMC head office in Leicester on 11th September 2012. Mufti Salman heard first hand the effort of HMC in helping the Muslim community eat halal. Read more...

29 August 2012

29th August 2012 - HMC Suspends all Supplies of Zaman Brothers Wholesale Halal Meat Ltd Cutting Plant, Bradford

HMC has suspended all supplies from Zaman Brothers Wholesale, Bradford, with immediate effect following the discovery of fake labels on its products. Read more...

06 June 2012

6th June 2012 - HMC is backed by over 100 Muftis, Imaams and Scholars in the protection of unstunned Halal

HMC's annual event was held in Leicester on Saturday 2nd June and was attended by over 130 delegates, the majority being Muftis, Scholars and Imaams from across the UK. Read more...

18 April 2012

18th April 2012 - HMC Press Release

HMC Continues its Work to Supply Genuine Halal in the UK Read more...

23 February 2012

23rd February 2012 - HMC Delegation returns with assurances from Saudi Chief

HMC Chairman Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala returned from Saudi Arabia today after attending the inaugural International Conference on Halal Food Control held in Riyadh. Read more...

17 January 2012

17th January 2012 - The UAE awards HMC the Halal Certifier License in support of UK Exports

By the Grace of the Almighty, the hard work of our employees and support from the slaughterhouses, we are delighted to announce that the Halal Monitoring Committee has been accepted as an approved halal certifying body by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water Read more...

12 January 2012

12th January 2012 - HMC Certified Halal Free Range Chickens

A small family run business has become the first to provide HMC certified free-range chicken and organic goats. ZUSS Halal based in Latchingdon, Essex, rear their own chickens and goats on their farm. Read more...

22 November 2011

22nd November 2011 - Halal Monitoring Committee Qurbani Report

Alhamdulillah by the Grace of the Almighty, HMC overlooked the highest levels of HMC certified Qurbanis on record this Eid. Nadeem Adam, HMC Operations Manager said; "there has been an increase of over 47% from last year". Read more...

24 October 2011

24th October 2011 - Ensure Your Qurbani / Udhiyyah is Halal & Lawful

Alhamdulillah through the grace of the Almighty, HMC continues to help the Muslim community to procure and consume Halal with confidence. As the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha arrives and the Qurbani obligations fall upon many of us, Qurbani orders are received by butchers countrywide. HMC has been working hard in the background to ensure that the Qurbani is completed according to the rules of Shari'ah and the UK Law Read more...

24 October 2011

24th October 2011 - HMC ACQUIRES VAT REGISTRATION

Over the past two years, the National Executive Committee initiated a review of the governance and structure of the organisation. This led to the successful registration with the Charity Commission in May 2009 as since our inception, we have remained a not for profit organisation. Read more...

10 March 2011

10th March 2011 - Apology from Asian Express newspaper

The Asian Express newspaper published an article on 21st December 2010 headlined ‘Bullied!’, which carried the statements of a butcher from Birkby, West Yorkshire. Asian Express has made a full apology correcting the misleading assertions in the article and we are pleased that this matter is clarified and corrected. Read more...

10 March 2011

Apology from Asian Express Newspaper

The Asian Express newspaper published an article on 21st December 2010 headlined ‘Bullied!’, which carried the statements of a butcher from Birkby, West Yorkshire. Asian Express has made a full apology correcting the misleading assertions in the article and we are pleased that this matter is clarified and corrected. Read more...

11 January 2011

HMC Invited to speak at International Halal Conference in Kuwait

The Halal Monitoring Committee’s Shariah Advisor Mufti Zubair Butt will be attending the ‘First Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and Its Services’ as a guest speaker, being held in Kuwait in January 2011. HMC has been at the forefront in highlighting the challenges that face the Halal industry in this growing international market Read more...

04 January 2011

4th January 2011 - HMC Invited to speak at International Halal Conference in Kuwait

The Halal Monitoring Committee’s Shariah Advisor Mufti Zubair Butt will be attending the ‘First Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and Its Services’ as a guest speaker, being held in Kuwait in January 2011. HMC has been at the forefront in highlighting the challenges that face the Halal industry in this growing international market. As the most trusted and largest certification body in the UK, HMC’s expertise continues to be sought nationally and globally to address the issues facing Muslims worl Read more...

17 December 2010

17th December 2010 - Press Release Re: Distribution of Anonymous Flyers

The Halal Monitoring Committee has been made aware of leaflets being distributed with false allegations about HMC. We have seen the leaflet and we can confirm that none of the allegations about HMC are true. Unfortunately, as you may have noticed, the people behind the leaflets have not left their name or number, nor have they contacted the HMC office to verify the facts. Read more...

07 December 2010

7th December 2010 - Press Release Re: Moulana Ilyas Kola

Surah al-Hujuraat 49:6 “If a faasiq comes to you with news then verify it” Following anonymous and false allegations being circulated in leaflets around Yorkshire, the Halal Monitoring Committee confirms that Moulana Ilyas Kola, an Imam in Batley is a valuable and respected member of the HMC National Executive Committee. Read more...

20 November 2010

20th November 2010 - HMC Qurbani / Udhiyah Assurance Scheme Hailed a Success

Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala commented; "we were aware of many Qurbanis taking place in this country before Eid Salah, sometimes days in advance and in extreme circumstances by non-Muslims. The HMC Assurance Scheme was introduced to protect unsuspecting Muslims ensuring their religious obligations were discharged correctly". Read more...

13 November 2010

13th November 2010 - Ensure Your Qurbani / Udhiyah is Halal and Lawful (has EEC Number)

As the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha arrives and the Qurbani obligations fall upon each of us, HMC would like to remind all Muslims that the Qurbani in the UK can only take place in a licensed slaughterhouse by a qualified and licensed slaughterman. It is illegal to do so under any other condition. Read more...

10 November 2010

10th November 2010 - HMC Works to Ensure Your Qurbani / Udhiyyah is Halal

Alhamdulillah through the grace of the Almighty, HMC continues to help the Muslim community to procure and consume Halal with confidence. Read more...

27 October 2010

27th October 2010 - HMC certified outlets reach 400

Alhamdulillah, the total number of HMC certified outlets has now reached 400. Read more...

20 October 2010

20th October 2010 - HMC Response to Recent Emails

A number of emails have been forwarded to HMC regarding concerns that have been raised by Mufti Yunus Patel circulating on the net. In the spirit of fairness and openness, HMC has Emailed Mufti Yunus Patel directly to meet, Read more...

20 September 2010

20th September 2010 - UK Fried Chicken is NOT HMC certified

It has been brought to our attention that a number of branches of UK Fried Chicken are claiming to be HMC certified and have distributed leaflets in different towns and cities claiming this, they have also abused the HMC logo. UK Fried Chicken have also made this false claim during an advert on Sunrise radio 103.2fm. Read more...

01 July 2010

1st July 2010 - Newly Certified Products - Alcohol Free Hand Sanitisers & Hard Surface Cleaners

HMC have been working closely over the last few months with Creative Supply Solutions Ltd, a company who approached HMC with the hope of gaining Halal approval of their hand sanitising and hard surface cleaning products. We are pleased to announce that the complete range of products have now been awarded HMC certification. HMC and Creative Supply Solutions Ltd see a major benefit in having Halal accreditation and the recognition this brings to the products throughout the Muslim communities. Read more...

01 April 2010

1st April 2010 - Controversial Slaughter Practice

1st April 2010 - Controversial Slaughter Practice There is a lot of controversy within the Halal market regarding the methods being used and being passed as Halal. HMC have conducted an independent survey by asking scholars across the United Kingdom about their thoughts and views on the current practices taking place. Read more...

05 October 2009

5th October 2009 - HMC offers support in Bradford school meals dilemma

There is a growing concern amongst Muslim parents in Bradford as to whether the meat served in schools is halal. A school where the majority of pupils are Muslim has recently removed Halal meat from its menu amid fears that children might have been eating school dinners that do not comply with Islamic law. Read more...

19 June 2009

19th June 2009 - 1st HMC certified school in UK

Alhamdulillah, through the grace of The Almighty, we are pleased to announce the very first school in the UK to be HMC certified. See details below: Tauheed-ul-Islam Girls High School & Sixth Form College 31 Bicknell Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7EY Tel: 01254 540 21 Read more...

01 June 2009

1st June 2009 - HMC launches new certificate for outlets

Alhamdulillah, today sees the launch of the new HMC certificate nationwide, the pilot scheme has been succesfully trialled in Leicester outlets since 1st April. The certificates will be replaced annually but will still be updated on a monthly basis in line with the present system. Read more...

15 May 2009

15th May 2009 - "Halal KFC" by the HFA - The Decision of GMWA Halal Foodguide Service

Regarding the recent 'Halal' certification of 8 branches of KFC in the London area by Halal Food Authority, a member of the public had some doubt about the permissibility of the slaughtering methods being used on the 'Halal' chicken served at KFC and sent an email to GMWA Halal Foodguide Service seeking their guidance. Read more...

05 May 2009

5th May 2009 - KFC Halal certification - statement of clarification

In the past few days HMC has been inundated with calls and e-mails relating to the new Halal status of some KFC outlets in London. Many have been confused and claimed that KFC has been certified by HMC. Read more...

01 December 2008

1st December 2008 - Statement

HMC Response to Recent Allegations Circulating on the Net. Read more...

09 October 2008

9th October 2008 - How Important is Halal to You?

“Less than 379 days to save Halal” Read more...

15 July 2008

15th July 2008 - HMC Awareness Event in Birminham

Our second HMC programme in Birmingham took place on Sunday 13th July at Masjid Abdullah ibn Masood (radhiallahu anhu), almost one month after the first programme in Birmingham Jame Masjid on 15th June. Read more...

13 July 2008

13th July 2008 - HMC Elects New Chaiman

Shaykh Mohamed Benkhelifa founder of Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC), steps down from his role as Director and Chairman after five years at the helm. Read more...

30 December 2006

30th December 2006 - HMC Relocates to New Office Premises

Alhamdulillah, through the grace of the Almighty, HMC relocates to new office premises at 83 Rolleston Street, Leicester, LE5 3SD Read more...

08 September 2006

8th September 2006 - HMC unveils new look Website

HMC is pleased to unveil it's new look website launched today being the beginning of Yaum-ul-Jumu'ah and also being the 15th of Sha'ban. Read more...

26 August 2006

25th August 2005 - Warning!

“He who deceives us is not amongst us.” [Hadith-Muslim]. Beware! Some in the trade are falsely claiming or trying to create an impression to be associated or approved by HMC. Read more...

24 August 2006

24th August 2006 - Some outlets are misleading the public

During recent months HMC has been alerted and made aware on at least 3 or 4 occasions that there are outlets in various cities and towns up and down the country who are misleading the public into believing they are HMC certified. Read more...

15 August 2006

15th August 2006 - False claim of association and/or approval by HMC

in the Birmingham area have falsely claimed to be associated and/or approved by HMC and have misused the registered HMC certification mark on their recent leaflets. Read more...

28 June 2006

28th June 2006 - HMC exhibits at the Paris Expo 2006

Alhamdulillah, by the grace of The Almighty for the second year running HMC was invited by the organisers to exhibit at the Paris Expo 2006. May The Almighty bless and guide all the sponsors who made it possible for HMC to attend and further the continental activities in serving the Ummah. Read more...

27 March 2006

27th March 2006 - Establishing monitoring activities in local areas

People generally ask as to when HMC's monitoring activities are expected to expand to a certain town or city. We would like to inform and encourage such concerned Muslims to strengthen the nominal working group at HMC in fulfilling this obligation by contacting HMC and helping to establish monitoring activities in their local areas as outlined by HMC guidelines. Read more...

13 March 2006

13th March 2006 - False claim of association in the Bolton area

We would like to bring to your attention that one or more food outlets in the Bolton area have falsely claimed to be associated and/or approved by HMC and have misused the registered HMC certification mark on their recent leaflets. Read more...

19 January 2006

19th January 2006 - NANDOS

HMC would like to clarify it's position with regards to passing comment on butchers, fast food outlets, restaurants, slaughterhouses, etc. The policy of HMC is not to comment on any of the above other than to say that if it is not certified by ourselves and we do not have an inspector monitoring them, then we cannot give our assurance. Read more...

26 August 2005

26th August 2005 - France Halal Exhibition

Alhamdulillah by the Grace of the Almighty HMC was invited to not only participate as an exhibiter but also to contribute towards a very special conference held in France dealing for all kinds of Halal certification bodies from all over the world. Read more...

23 March 2005

23th March 2005 - Muslims allowed to continue religious slaughter

The Government has maintained its position in not accepting FAWC's recommendation that slaughter without prior stunning should be banned. Read more...

21 January 2005

21st January 2005 - Luton welcomes HMC with open arms!!!

Through the infinite mercy of the Almighty, we are pleased to announce the opening of the Luton branch of the HMC. Read more...

11 January 2005

11th January 2005 - Coventry branch of the HMC

Alhamdulillah, through the grace of the Almighty, we are pleased to announce the opening of the Coventry branch of the HMC. Read more...

07 August 2004

7th August 2004 - HMC website has a new-look!

Alhamdulillah, the HMC website has a new-look. The new website is designed in such a state in which access to the various resources on the site can be easily available. Read more...

15 July 2004

15th July 2004 - East London branch of the HMC

Alhamdulillah, with the help of the Almighty, we are pleased to announce the opening of the East London branch of the HMC. Read more...