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Shake Shack not halal in the US – A US Supplier for Shake Shack exports Halal Meat to Middle East locations and does not supply US locations

Shake Shack not halal in the US – A US Supplier for Shake Shack exports Halal Meat to Middle East locations and does not supply US locations

Update 2:  The Creek Stone Farms supplies Halal meat for export to the Middle East Shake Shack locations.  The US locations do not use halal meat.

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Update 1: Apparently Creek Stone Farms supplies Shake Shack with their beef. This farm’s beef is halal. Shake Shake doesn’t know this that’s why they don’t advertise it nor acknowledge it.

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Sorry but it’s not halal. I kept hearing about this restaurant and there were rumors that they were halal. I decided to simply ask them, and they responded with a clear and definite answer.

Hi Ibn,

Unfortunately we don’t serve halal or kosher meat in the US. I’m sorry about that, and hope you can visit us to enjoy a sweet treat of frozen custard.

Brandy

Brandy Cerne
SHAKE SHACK

Is Elevation Burger Halal? Yes it is! (Updates)

Is Elevation Burger Halal? Yes it is! (Updates)

So my wife’s friend recently found out that Elevation Burger uses Halal meat via this link which was an interview with the owner discussing expanding the business in Kuwait:

Ansam: Tell me about the “Halal” meat you serve at Elevation Burger in Kuwait? How did you manage to make this possible?

Hans: Well, we’re very fortunate because when we first started the slaughter houses we happen to be working with were Halal. So basically what happen was we kept working with them (because in the United States it doesn’t really matter how the cow meat is prepared) because we liked how those slaughter houses did business, and they’re very clean – basically really good slaughter houses and we kept on with that and it’s been Halal ever since and it stayed that way. When Ali approached us few years ago… I dont know how long it’s been?

Ali: Yeah… that was one of the concerns

Hans: When we first went into business together I was able to say to him that it is not an issue, its Halal!

A few things jumped out at me when reading this. They’ve been doing business with Halal meat for a while. It’s not advertised on their site nor is it on Zabihah.com (the most popular website that displays Halal restaurants). The owner, Hans, mentions that the Halal meat slaughter house is clean.

What’s even more interesting is that Elevation Burger uses organic, free-range, grass fed meat. It’s not just Halal, but “tayyib” (wholesome, healthy, clean, pure, organic, etc.) meat.

I had to verify this, so I messaged the Elevation Burger Facebook page and they replied with this:

Looks like I’ll be checking this place out, inshaAllah!

Updates:

The twitter account for EB Hyattsville, MD retweeted this post.  I guess that means they confirm? 🙂

Someone else asked on Facebook about all US locations if it was halal and the answer was yes:

More updates:

It’s machine slaughtered not hand slaughtered:

CORRECTION: They use hand slaughtered meat. An Elevation Burger representative emailed me and said:

I would like to let you know that that was a misstatement on our part and that error is being corrected. Our meat is hand slaughtered.

I apologize for this miscommunication of information.

Our meat production centers are certified by local Muslim organizations. Our meat is slaughtered by Muslims according to Islamic law, teaching and protocol. The meat of the animals is therefore certified halal and suitable for consumption by Muslims in any part of the world. All necessary precautions have been taken to prevent mixing with non-Halal meat. Our meat is sourced from more than 30 family farms from all over who slaughter their cattle according to Muslim law in accordance with halal practices.

Could I ask that you update your post so that the correct information is now available?

So there you have it!

Khutbah – You Are What You Eat: Islamic Nutrition Part 1 of 2

I was having a discussion with some family about organic maple syrup vs. Aunt Jemima’s syrup and it then lead to obesity.  I then posted on Facebook “Obesity is a choice” which spawned a great discussion.  I was then inspired to research and learn more about food, nutrition, diet and it’s relation to Islam and the Prophetic tradition.

This khutbah is part of a series of sermons that I plan on giving on this topic.  In the end, inshaAllah, I would like to publish my findings.  I believe that Islam has a different solution to many of the health problems we face in America.

Hope you guys enjoy it inshaAllah! Feedback whether positive or negative most welcome.

Update: Part two is here.

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