UK Prime Minister David Cameron: ‘I’m happy to eat halal meat’

7:09PM BST 09 May 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “very happy to eat halal meat”, but calls for “greater transparency”, adding that restaurants, butchers and businesses “should explain what they do” to the meat.

A review of labelling of halal meat will be conducted if the industry fails to deliver more transparency within the next few months, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister has said that the issue is a matter between retailers and restaurants and their customers.

He told ITV West Country: “If you are going into a restaurant you assume that it is not halal meat unless you are told otherwise. Do we need a national labelling scheme? I would rather hope not. I would rather hope it could be dealt with by the restaurants and businesses.

“I think a lot of businesses and restaurants will probably change their practices and change their labelling. We should start from the approach that the greater the transparency the better, and I hope we can achieve that transparency without necessarily having a full-on national labelling scheme.

“Let’s see if we can get some transparency and perhaps review the situation in a few months’ time.”