All right.. give up the Ham!! Not Halal!
This is a post for all my Muslim mates out there!
According to reports, the Halal market is growing and it has potential in the non-Muslim market too.
Here's the article link if you are interested to read about it.
From various sources, Islam is the largest religion on Earth presently. Surpassing Christianity. This is a good move for any food business to look into the possibility moving into the Halal market like MacDonald's in Singapore. The whole process of getting Halal certification is stringent and it may involve the purchase of new equipment if the old equipment has been used to cook pork products.
Personally, I think Halal meat tastes better as it requires all the blood to be drained out of the animal. Killing is done more humanely too. My restaurant had switched from non-Halal beef to Halal ones and it only has minimal smell of beef (that I cannot stand in most beef products). Try it for yourself to see the difference!
For me, giving up all forms of pork and lard products may be hard but not an impossibility.
There is a point that I wish to raise here. I have encountered various Muslim friends who told me that Vegetarian products are not Halal. This I find totally absurd. To qualify as Vegetarian food products, there should not be any traces of meat in it. And even fish or seafood! Therefore, there isn't any Pork or Lard present in Vegetarian products. So we can infer it should be Halal?? Please someone tell me otherwise and prove your stand that Vegetarian food is not Halal!
What is your view on Halal products? Do you support it?