Thursday, July 16, 2009

Star-K, Meet Star-H

Walking down Broadway in Manhattan today, I came across a discarded cardboard food-shipment box. It was a fairly typical box for meat delivery, but it had a certification symbol I had never seen before...



It looks like the followers of Muslim Dietary Laws are finally following in the footsteps of us who keep Jewish Dietary Laws, and starting certification organizations with recognizable symbols. I hope the Va‘ad of Baltimore doesn't go after these guys for trademark infringement or something!

Star-K[osher], meet Star-Ḥ[alāl]!

Now the question is... how long until they too have certification scandals?

8 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Saunders said...

In the UK, for some years we've had a Muslim 'hechsher' on certain foods. It's an arch shape with some Arabic words underneath.

7/16/2009 2:46 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"It looks like the followers of Muslim Dietary Laws are finally following in the footsteps of us who keep Jewish Dietary Laws, and starting certification organizations with recognizable symbols."

Personally, I'm surprised it took them so long.

7/16/2009 3:23 PM  
Blogger Michael Koplow said...

There's also a certification symbol on the signs on some of the hallal restaurants in Chicago.

7/16/2009 3:28 PM  
Blogger Proud MO said...

It's interesting to note that Muslims will eat kosher meat if halal isn't available. They say it's as close to halal as they can get.

7/17/2009 10:24 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Only a matter of time before star v and star V start fighting each other. Vegans versus vegetarians (who are kofers! Kofers, I tell you, kofers!).

Personally, I would settle for star gt (good taste), or even star e (edible), as far as lunch in the financial district is concerned.

7/17/2009 6:29 PM  
Blogger B.BarNavi said...

And it's only a matter of time until Star-H gets into disputes with Crescent-M about minuscule non-intoxicating drops of wine in a given food product, and halal organizations will start squabbling and telling Muslims that certain seals are not reliable, blah blah blah...

Yes, I just read the NYT article about Hebrew National and Triangle-K. Don't you love certification politics?

8/07/2009 4:32 PM  
Blogger J. "יהוא בן יהושפט בן נמשי" Izrael said...

I've seen em before.
There's one that vaguely resembles the OU symbol.
I bet you 10 to 1 both are run by Jews.

8/27/2009 5:57 PM  
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