Islamic Council of Norway (IRN)is accused of pushing businesses to buy halal certified products. The organization rejects the accusations strongly.
Mohammed Namik owns the halal slaughterhouse Greenland Torg meat at Greenland in Oslo. He only sells halal meat, but without certification from IRN. He says he will not pay an annual fee of 6,700 Nok that binds him to only trade meat from IRN-approved suppliers.
– I got customers who said that we do not sell halal meat because we do not have the IRNs halal certificate. Just because the IRN did not authorize us does not mean we do not sell halal products. We buy through Nortura, which is IRN certified, says Namik NRK.
Other business said to NRK that they have experienced clients who loudly declares that they do not sell halal meat because they are not IRN certified.
General Secretary Mehtab Afsar in IRN denies that the organization is pushing dealerships.
– We do not want to behave in that way. These are just allegations, which I hope they will withdraw, Afsar told NRK.
The organization earns annually around one million in revenue from halal certification.
The practice is problematic, says purchasing director Morten Karlsen in employers’ trade organization Norwegian Hospitality Association.
– This is not within Norwegian legislation. A halal product can be halal without being IRN approved , Karlsen told NRK.
Norwegian Hospitality Association believes that IRNs certification can contribute to more expensive goods and lower operating margins.
Source. NTB scanpix / Norway Today