COSTCO, OUTBACK Steakhouse, and SUBWAY, too, selling inhumanely halal-slaughtered meat in the US

COSTCO pulling the wool over your eyes, selling halal lamb without telling you about how the animals are tortured.


Asalaam alaikum,

I received this in an email and wanted to share it with you.  This information is in response to an email to Imam Dr. Yusuf Kavakci of Richardson, Texas, from Costco lamb supplier.

Thank you for your inquiry.

I can confirm that all of the lamb supplied to Costco Wholesale by the Australian Lamb Company, Inc is sourced from halal slaughtered animals. The lambs are handled in a humane manner, are presents towards Mecca as a prayer is recited by a Muslim slaughter man who ensures only a single cut with a very sharp knife is needed. Subsequently, the product is certified halal. The master cartons that Costco receives do have a Muslim Kill legend on them. The individual packages do not carry the mark yet, but they will in
the future.

You can consume these products with confidence. Please let your friends and family know that our lamb products meet the needs of the Muslim community.

Thank you very much for your patronage!

Marybeth Laleman
Australian Lamb Company, Inc.


Lamb slaughter begins at 1:00:

COSTCO sells halal lamb. So do other stores but they may not even know it.

EXAMINER – Searching the internet for locations that sell these “down under” imports reveals that the largest retailer of Australian halal lamb in the United States is Costco Wholesale. Costco is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States, and third largest retailer in the United States.

The lamb is supplied by Australian Lamb Company Inc., a halal certified supplier which appears on the “Halal Approved Abattoir List” maintained by The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS). The lamb arrives prepackaged in the Kirkland Signature vacuum sealed packs which have the Australian Halal Stamp.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this development in the American halal meat market is a statement from Rob Plefkoff, a spokesman from Costco Wholesale Corporation. He said that Costco is now aware that they are selling halal lamb, but that it was not a conscious choice. In fact, they were unaware of it until they began receiving inquiries from halal consumers. Since then Costco has sent representatives to tour the procedures in Australia, and has ensured that the halal products are properly labeled, which they weren’t before.

The possibility exists that many American groceries don’t know that they already sell halal lamb. For example, I went into the meat department of my local Safeway just to see. There, among their other products, I found Diamond Valley brand lamb shanks, imported from Australia with the Australian Halal Stamp right on the package. In all likelihood Safeway is just as unaware that they are carrying halal lamb as Costco was.

A full list of the US retailers that sell lamb imported from Australia can be found at AUSTRALIAN LAMB WHERE TO BUY . The list includes over 30 retailers including Safeway, Food4Less, Ralph’s and other fairly major chains that may already carry certified halal products and not even know it. With just a little inquiry from curious halal consumers many of these could be made aware that this market exists, and whole new markets for halal meat could be opened up.

Outback Steakhouse: Halal?

Yup! Well at least the lamb is! My main man Timmy (who got it forwarded from a message list where it was posted by a person whose firend contacted Outback Steakhouse) sent me this info with the great news. All the lamb in all domestic (United States) Outback Steakhouses are imported from New Zealand, where the meat is certified (ZABIHAH) Halal by The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand. But hold up, this ONLY REFERS TO THE LAMB meat, which is imported. And unfortunately, the lamb steaks are also supposed to be among the most expensive items on the menu.

Muslims love OUTBACK

Continue reading for the forwarded emails that were sent to me, including the e-mail from the OUTBACK Steakhouse representative!

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Michelle Robinson < >
Date: Mar 6, 2006 5:39 PM
Subject: FW: Comments from
Good Afternoon,

The only Halal protein in our restaurant is the Lamb that we import, which is produced in New Zealand. All lamb served in the domestic Outback locations is from the country of New Zealand.The Halal accreditation certificates are from The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.Request your lamb to be cooked in a separate sauté pan. It takes 20 minutes to cook the lamb plus a little longer in the separate sauté pan, so you might want to tell your server to call it back as soon as possible.I hope this is helpful.

Thank you,


UPDATE! Now SUBWAY, which has more than 23,000 sandwich shops in the U.S. and nearly 34,000 worldwide, is proud to be offering halal food in some communities.

WND – Subway spokesman Les Winograd told WND: “The way we look at it from a business point of view is here’s a group of individuals who traditionally cannot eat out. They cannot eat your average name-brand fast food. When they travel, they have to bring their own food. They’re consumers, they’re buying things. We want to be able to tell them, ‘There’s a safe place for you to eat.’ That’s definitely worth something in their eyes. Here’s a brand that cares about me, too. It’s kind of an untapped market, so building brand equity is a good thing.”

Winograd says he can think of only two franchises in America, both in New Jersey, that have offered halal food, and says, “I really haven’t seen any complaints here in this country.” (You know the drill, guys. COMPLAIN HERE: SUBWAY )

Winograd says those outlets go out of their way to make sure customers know halal food is being served there. “Everything is identified,” he said. “Each store has a seal in the window, so you know when you’re walking in that everything is halal.”

Look for these labels indicating HALAL:

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  1. As a christian I believe every meat company who both sells and promote halal meats . Ought to be made for conscience sake, to reveal their sources of meats seeing they know these meats are sacrificed to a pagan god “Allah” which against our faith to consume willingly. But because of greed and anti- Christ sentiment. This I’d hidden from public view. Give every american a choice to decide, whether or not to buy this curse!

    • I agree. If Muslim prayers are being used while the slaughter is being made, I consider it “meat offered to idols”. I want to know that and will not buy from any company that I know of who might be going halal if not plainly marked.

  2. Dear friends please stop hating each other on the basis of religion ,if some body wants to hate ,hate injustice ,hate crime ,hate cheating , hate violence ,hate hate red ,hate poverty ,hate cruelty ,hate lying ,hate hypocrisy etc who ever is doing it irrespective of their religion ,we have to realize that friends, I hope and pray for every one to realize that .AMEEN

  3. Some pretty uninformed posts here. Regarding Islam, if you are interested in the messengers, then read the Quran, Injeel, Torah. If you want to be divisive just to have something to do with your day, maybe go clean your heart and forgive anyone what you don’t understand yet. Ignorance listed as truth in a blog does not beget truth. Only way to verify what is true is to read and learn from the holy books, and to learn about Allah sincerely. God knows your heart, I don’t need to know what you think if it is not sincere, free of biased opinion, and of truth. Only believers can share in peaceful caring dialog. Nonbelievers will say whatever comes to their mind without really knowing or seeking to know better before stating their mind to the world.

      • You have the least idea what you read. You can’t even translate a single word form the Holy Quran, let alone understand it. Your ability is too limited to understand it but I keep hoping that you get some guidance so you think before speaking. You are ignorant.

    • You will know them by their fruit. There is no love or forgiveness in islam. In fact allah is a false god. Islam is just a political movement masquerading as religion. You will use our laws of religious liberty to your advantage to gain political power and destroy Christianity. Do you want the Living God? Jesus. No one comes to the Father except by Him, Jesus.

  4. guys kosher meat is slaughtered the same way… so are you going to boycot kosher delis and stop eating pastrami? i think not!!!

    • omar, you are ignorant like every other muslim who comments here:

      Kosher vs. Halal:
      Kosher – requires the animal be slaughtered quickly and humanely, strictly forbidding cruel slow methods like strangulation.

      Halal – requires the animal be bled out in agony while sick people who get off watching that kind of thing have a “festival.”

      Kosher – requires the blood be drained cleanly from the *carcass* of the humanely killed animal, removing toxins released from cells into the bloodstream at the moment of death from the meat.

      Halal –leaves the meat *filled* with toxins released at the moment of death because the blood is removed while the animal is dying and therefore is not present in sufficient quantities to remove those last toxins.

      Kosher – contains little to no cortisol or norepenepherine (two stress chemicals that are similar enough from mammal to mammal to cross species) because the animal to be killed is treated well before it is put down and is generally not frightened as it is put down (because in a truly kosher slaughter situation, animals cannot be slaughtered in a sequential fashion, as the waste of one could contaminate the next, so they are not exposed to the “scent of death” the way non-kosher culls are)

      Halal – animals watch other animals die during the blood letting festival, smelling their fear and raising their own stress. These stress chemicals “marinate” the meat in hormones known to raise levels of aggression and violence in nearly all mammal species (including human).

      Kosher – requires cooking the cleanly drained meat completely, cooking any remaining stress chemicals into oblivion.

      Halal – allows for a surprising range of cooking methods, including even some “tar tar” dishes (raw or nearly raw), allowing for the spread of disease and chemicals and hormones that were not removed by the idiotic slow bloodletting practice and half-measure cooking.

      Kosher – the spinal cord is sectioned thus cutting off pain to the brain. Therefore, no suffering or terror.

      Halal – spinal cord left intact.

    • Jews do not slaughter Christians as well, they are allies to the US. Muslims are inhuman animals that worship a rock in Mecca. They are bloodthirsty with no respect for human or animal life. They are ultra violent as they carry out terrorism across the globe, chopping offf heads and other limbs of even children and infants.
      They are pagans.

  5. USA No. 1?……If you feel that strongly and are so sure of yourself, I invite you to visit the nearest U.S. military post and scream “fuck America” at the first soldier you see. The resulting dialogue should be quite entertaining.

  6. Btw,to remedy that ignorant slurr by capt. crappy, We are only allowed to eat non halaal meat if there is no food around for 3 days and 3 nights and all other resources have been depleted. Not that this would interest any of you. I guess its you guys who like killing for fun, wasnt a certain Col. Gibson given a 25-life sentence for hunting muslims for sport and keeping teeth and bones as souvenirs…Maybe you guys are the ones who like killing.

  7. jesus christ, omfw (disgusted face) you guys are pathetic. typical american retardation at its best..u guys and girls exemplify everything thats wrong with america. you have such a problem with the practice of slaughtering yet you mindlessly flock like lambs to the slaughter for dogmatic beliefs that have been embedded in you by neo con jews.Look at cinema for example, it wasnt too long ago when Rambo, the poster boy for the american soldier was represented as having no problem with muslims..why did cinema portray such a thing if every indication of a muslim onscreen since then, has been of a terrorist.

    could it possibly be that on some level things might have gone wrong with those puppet masters, that pull your strings so well, and those wealthy oil barons in the east? you are being herded to hate us..ask yourselves, so who is your Shepard?as one of you said in a post, we make up 2% of america (not sure how true that is), that maybe giving url all the more reason to gang up on the little guy and they do say idiots are always stronger in numbers..btw, america is an entire country of immigrants, u guys killed all the native americans already..and you call us the terrorists..Btw i am south african, i have no strong feelings one way or the other…but i do take offense to “idiocracy”..

    Btw, military is a no brainer..its a pocket that filters out and keeps all those that need direction and convince them that they are doing something grand. If ur country spent some of that military budget on socio economic development then maybe you guys wouldnt be as pissed of…i am sure what is to follow is a landslide of bigoted comments…all i got to say to that, no muslims were involved in the wall street scandals, guess your country got tired of stealing from everyone else..I wont dignify these posts with vulgarity…..oh fuck it, i aint no saint…FUCK AMERICA, WHOOOOWHOOO BRICS countries number one…i cnt wait for the chinese to deliver the final blow.

  8. There’s a site called Topix which has a lot of Muslims spewing their garbage. I’m fighting with several of them at once. Anyway, one Muslim woman said that if no halal meat is available that Muslims can eat non halal meat. So I said that if they can eat non halal meat then there’s no reason for halal slaughtering. I got no reply. Then I said that it looks like they just like killing for fun. Stll no reply.

    I can’t stand these monsters. They’re so obnoxious.

    • You cannot eatnon-halal meat except for if it is life n death matter and even then u are only allowed enough to survive. Thats why vegetables are produced. In fact halal slaughtering of edible animals is only humane way and is good for both animals and the consumer.☝