​Russia Muftis Council proposes halal meals in schools

A session on application of religious standards to school meals took place in the Moscow city council.

A session on application of religious standards to school meals took place in the Moscow city council. The event was attended by the first deputy chairman of the Russia Muftis Council Rushan Abbyasov, delegates of state, social and religious institutions, directors of schools and food factories, experts in dietology.

The participants discussed the possibility of introducing halal, fasting and kosher meals as an alternative to conventional meals, as well as the questions of food units’ equipment in schools, standardization and price setting.

Rushan Abbyasov said there was a significant need in introducing such meals into the school menu. He noted that Russia was a multinational country with followers of different religions, that is why children should be provided with healthy meals conforming to their native culture. The deputy chairman of the Russia Muftis Council also emphasized that halal products were recognized throughout the whole world as a model of quality, environmental friendliness and safety.

Rushan Abbyasov came up with the suggestion that successful bidders for school meals provision could add meals cooked in accordance with religious traditions to their menu. In that case the schools would need to provide the food factory with a list of children requiring such meals. The initiative was supported by the chief rabbi of Russia, Alexander Zalcman, who suggested including the possibility of alternative school meals arrangement in the official list of Sanitary rules and regulations.

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