Rudolph the red-nosed HALAL reindeer? Norway to sell Muslim-friendly Christmas meat

Published December 3rd, 2013 - 06:25 GMT
Halal reindeer is "the tastiest meat in the world!" according to the man who heads up the slaughterhouse in charge of the halal operation. (Shutterstock)
Halal reindeer is "the tastiest meat in the world!" according to the man who heads up the slaughterhouse in charge of the halal operation. (Shutterstock)

For the Muslims who have a penchant for Christmas, we have good news for you! 

Norway is set to produce it's first ever Halal reindeer meat - that will be exported to the plates of Muslims across Norway and as far afield as Dubai, Agence France Presse reported. 

In order to make the Christian holiday more Muslim friendly, Vilteksperten, a slaughterhouse that specializes in game meat, has slaughtered 105 reindeer in full accordance with Muslim law in and in coordination the Islamic Council of Norway, according to AFP.

For all nay-sayers (or should we say neigh-sayers?), don't count out reindeer meat just yet! “It’s the tastiest meat in the world,” Harry Dyrstad, head of Vilteksperten, told AFP.

The Halal reindeer meat phenomenon in new to Norway, although in 2010 the Russian autonomous region of Yamalo-Nenets reportedly exported 1,000 cans of this product to Qatar, according to AFP.

Norwegian Muslims are set to be the major beneficiarie of this new fangled Christmas product, but Halal reindeer meat could also be served in high-end restaurants in Dubai, according to Dyrstad.


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