With over 1.6M people in Britain following a Halal diet, the Muslim food market is an increasingly important one. Now a new system is promising high-volume processing of halal chicken.
To process high-volume poultry, the birds are hung up on shackles for their throats to be slit. If the bird is not stunned when the incision is made a nerve impulse causes it to spasm for up to 20 seconds afterwards. This movement causes damage to the birds on either side as well as the bird itself. This downgrades the meat, which is one of reasons why high-volume processors stun the birds prior to slaughter.
However, Halal meat comes from animals that are still alive at the time of slaughter.
The Saracen Halal machine offers a clamping system that restricts the nerve impulse once the incision has been made and protects the live birds on either side from this movement. This allows the processor to offer a true Halal product yet retain profit margins due to the minimal damage to the birds.