So there are Chicken products in Walmart's deli section recently that come from LilyDale. These are ready to eat whole chickens. A friend of mine got curious, so he sent them an email. Below are the details :
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 10:39 AM
Subject: Lilydale.com Contact Us - Chicken
The following message was sent from the Lilydale.com Contact Us form:
Hi, this is regarding your zamzam halal product. I have a few
questions , answering them would be appreciated :
a) Do you use Machine slaughter ( meaning chickens hanging on a conveyor
belt and slaughtered by machine?
b) if so , does the person saying the blessing, only say it when he is
starting the shift?
c) Is the person saying the blessing a Muslim, is he Sunni?
awaiting anxiously for your response.
Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in Lilydale's Zamzam
products. We appreciate all questions and feedback from our consumers.
Please note that you can also find information with regard to our Halal
process and certification on the Lilydale Zamzam Web site:
Lilydale has been certified by World Islamic Mission (WIM), and is committed
to ensuring that our Zamzam Halal poultry products are safe, wholesome,
premium quality products slaughtered in accordance with Islamic Law.
The birds are stunned and rendered unconscious prior to being slaughtered by
a mechanical blade. They are then bled and processed. A blessing is said at
the beginning of every slaughter shift in English or Arabic, with proper
intent and complete understanding. As per Human Resources policy, we cannot
question any Lilydale employee regarding religious faith or denomination.
Lilydale Consumer Help Desk