US food supplier accused of supplying $5m of fake halal beef to the Gulf

Company charged with fraudulently claiming meat sold in the UAE and Kuwait was handled by Muslim experts

Photo for illustrative purpose only. (Getty Images)

Photo for illustrative purpose only. (Getty Images)

A US food supplier has been accused by federal prosecutors of supplying beef to several Gulf countries that it falsely claimed was halal produce, according to reports.

Midamar Corporation, based in Iowa, in Midwestern USA, denies that it supplied nearly $5 million worth of beef to Muslim customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and the UAE which was falsely marked as halal produce, the Daily Mail reported.

Directors of the company, named as brothers Jalel and Yahya 'Bill' Aossey, have been charged this week by US federal prosecutors with nearly 100 counts of conspiring to make and use false statements and documents, sell misbranded meat and commit mail and wire fraud.

Its sister company, Islamic Services of America, which is approved to distribute to Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE, was also implicated in the action.

The Aossey brothers have pleaded not guilty and claimed “the [US] government has no right to regulate what is a religious matter.”

Midamar and Islamic Services of America claimed their beef produce sold in the GCC was slaughtered by hand by specially-trained Muslim slaughtering experts who always recited prayers during the process.

However, prosecutors claim the beef actually came from a supplier that used bolt stunning to kill cattle and the labels were removed by employees to cover up the real source of the meat, the report added.

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Posted by: Alfonzo

Please note, there are many news agencies are publishing half-truths and misleading information concerning Midamar in articles. This is an exporting issue where Midamar allegedly changed labels on Halal certified products from a Halal source so that they could be exported. Midimar is a small, family owned and operated Company. I used to work at the Company and can attest that management operates the business with integrity. Midamar does not and never has engaged in captive bolt stunning. Midimar's reputable certifiers which include Islamic Services of America, Halal Advocates, IFANCA, ISWA, and others will also attest to Midimar's integrity as a Halal meat company. Do not be swayed by false statements. Reserve judgment and suspicion until the company is able to formulate a defense. This is important for the whole halal industry.

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