I think this is a good move, as the mechanical methods sounds preposterous, unworthy, disrespectful and desacralising the more I hear about it. Need to eat less of this stuff in any case.
Im not sure what impact this will have on the HFA, which is seen within the Muslim community as rather lax in contrast to the Halal Monitoring Committee. HFA can come across as a bit dubious as its head’s son just ran a pretty awful, not to mention, neoliberalistani, Halal Food Expo.
HFA CEASES TO ACCEPT MECHANICAL SLAUGHTERING OF HALAL POULTRY
As a result of various consultations and procedural review by the Board of HFA Scholars and Trustees, Halal Food Authority (HFA) has decided to amend its certification policy and consequently, mechanical slaughtering of poultry would no longer be covered by the HFA Halal Standard.
Poultry slaughterhouses that employ a mechanical fixed blade (mechanised killing) to slaughter birds would no longer be accredited by the HFA for halal status with effect from 3rd March 2014.