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Published On:08 August 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Halal India seeks change in labeling of airline meals to Muslims

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An appeal was launched by Halal India to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to change the labeling of airline meals served to Muslim travelers from “MOML” (Muslim Meal) to “HLML” (Permitted / Halal Meal).


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A Muslim Meal does not denote anything.


Mohamed Jinna, CEO of Halal India has sent an appeal letter to Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of International Air Transport Association, indicating that the label ‘Muslim Meal’ is misleading, because it has failed to guarantee that the meat served were actually Halal certified meat, probably just pork-free.


In a letter posted on HalalFocus.net, Mohamed Jinna requested IATA to refine the term label “MOML” or Muslim Meal to one that indicates Halal-certified meals, putting forward the rationale that “this will have more specific reach to the set classified passenger travelling world wide.”


“..they (only) self-claimed that the food is suitable for Muslim travellers.”


“Today many airlines food catering service providers claimed & labelled as “MOML” without proper halal certifications processes followed and they self claimed that the food is suitable for Muslim travellers. Halal Certification should be obtained if they claimed the food is suitable for Muslim travellers,” he wrote.


A copy of his letter is as follows:


RE: Appeal to change the air catering food labelling name from “MOML” (Muslim Meal) to HALAL MEAL “HLML” (Permitted Meal).


May the peace be with you, Good day.


This is with reference to our on-board carting services under the auspicious of IATA standard for all the on-flight food & beverages services being provided to the passengers. We recollect that as per the existing categories of food services being practiced by different faith and religious affinities of the travelling passengers are duly recognized in India & worldwide.


We take this opportunity to most sincerely bring to your kind attention that as for as serving the food and beverages as per Muslim Faith and need, it is been widely accepted and practiced worldwide to serve and consume the food & beverages under the label “MOML” (Muslim Meal) till date, we most humbly put forward our sincere request to refine this term label “MOML” to change it to “Halal” Meal.


Halal (Arabic: means lawful or legal) is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. It is the opposite of haraam. The term is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law (Sharia).


This will have more specific reach to the set classified passenger travelling worldwide.


This is only a set ahead to give more customer friendly understanding of the on-flight catering services world wide and our first step to address the need of on-flight catering services being provided to the people of Islamic Faith.


Today many airlines food catering service providers claimed & labelled as “MOML” without proper halal certifications processes followed and they self claimed that the food is suitable for Muslim travellers. Halal Certification should be obtained if they claimed the food is suitable for Muslim travellers.


We will forever be grateful to you and your organization to having considered our aforesaid request and proposal. Expecting your positive reply and advice as soon as possible.

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1 comments for "Halal India seeks change in labeling of airline meals to Muslims"

  1. Hope the substandard language use is not symptomatic of the backwardness of any specific culture or religion or ethnicity. Perhaps he should have written in Urdu to make it more authentic.

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