Frequently Asked Questions

What is halal?

Halal is an Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permissible”.  Halal foods are foods that Muslims are allowed to eat or drink under Islamic Shari’ah.  The criteria specify both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared.

The food must come from a supplier that uses halal practices.  Specifically the slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede the slaughter by invoking the name of Allah, and then three times ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is the greatest).  Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck (while the animal is conscious), causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.  Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained.

All meat products supplied by Tasmanian Quality Meats are proudly certified halal, including our Tasmanian halal lamb.

What are the transport facilities like in Tasmania?

Tasmanian Quality Meats is located in Cressy, Tasmania, which is only 35km South of Launceston.  Launceston has a regional airport, whereas Hobart (approximately 188 km to the North), is home to Hobart International Airport.  Air freighted produce can arrive at interstate and overseas markets within 48 hours of dispatch.  Both Launceston and Hobart have Ports facilities from which there are frequent freight shipping services.  In addition, the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme provides financial assistance to shippers of eligible freight destined for Australian markets.

How does TQM package the meat products?

TQM prepare our meat chilled and frozen, either in whole carcases or boxed 6-way.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss alternatives.

What is HGP?

HGP stands for Hormone Growth Promotants.  Tasmania is the only state in Australia where it is against the law to feed any animals growth promotants or hormones, enabling TQM to supply totally natural Tasmanian halal lamb to our domestic and export markets.  The Tasmanian Government has maintained a moratorium on commercial release of genetically modified organisms (GMO) to the Tasmanian environment.