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Washington State Enacts Halal Food Consumer Protection Act

Washington state has enacted the Halal Food Consumer Protection Act, a landmark law that safeguards the Muslim community’s right to purchase authentic halal meat products, Kent Reporter announced on its website yesterday.

The legislation, signed into law on March 25 by Governor Jay Inslee, makes it illegal to knowingly mislabel or misrepresent food products as halal. This new law addresses a longstanding issue where some unscrupulous sellers have been taking advantage of the Muslim community by falsely advertising non-halal meats as halal in order to charge premium prices.

“Muslims can now enjoy meat without the worries of being lied to about its halal status,” explained Muhammad Nazeer, a liaison from the Islamic Center of Federal Way. “If there is deception, sellers can legally face the consequences.”

The new law was championed by State Senator Claire Wilson, who collaborated with local Muslim leaders to sponsor the bill. Nazeer noted that this legislation was one of his top priorities when he advocated for the needs of Washington’s 80,000 to 100,000 Muslim residents.

With this new protection in place, the Muslim community can have greater confidence in the halal status of the meat products they purchase, allowing them to fully observe their dietary requirements with integrity.

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