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There are indeed very good studies about the incidence and prevalence of bacterial contamination of halal meat

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Apr 6, 2014 at 17:23

Dr. Pipes

If you mean by damage to one's health then there is really anecdotal evidence that halal butchery of animals lead to discharges from the esophagus as well as the rectum of the animal which would contaminate the meat

And there are indeed studies about the incidence and prevalence of bacterial contamination in raw halal meat by Campylobacter as well as 0157 e-coli as well as Salmonella in here in the US and this study is dated to 1999

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10402745

And notice it is from the NIH

1. Campylobacter was detected in 28% of meat examined

2. Salmonella was detected in 7% of meat examined

3. 3% of meat examined was positive for both

4. The deadly 0157 e-coli was detected in every sample positive for camplyobacter or 28%

How much is becomes health problems to the consumer of the meat? This following British study helps but it is an old study as it goes back to 1985 from rearchgate.net

Now compare this with a study that appeared in PBS's Frontline in 2002 about the safety of meat here in the US and it is clear that this is not halal meat so it is the same time period

1. Campylobacter was found in 0.5%

2. Salmonella was found in 19%

3. e-coli was found in 1.9% of cases

Now it is clear that there is far less e-coli as well as Campylobacter contamination in non halal meat than in halal meat but the reason is unclear

But this is really not the end of the story in places like Pakistan I was not able to find any studies about incidence or prevalence of these bacteria in halal meat in let us say Pakistan

The British study suggests that unwrapping of meat as well as cross contamination from the likes of aprons and cutting boards could very well be related to the presence of these bacteria in halal meat more than in non halal meat

The real difficulty I have with halal butchery (and I have no mercy for foolish people that are willing to pay more money when buying halal meat) it is barbaric and should not be allowed

Mad cows disease stay tuned for this one


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