TRENTON -- New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to enact a Halal Food Consumer Protection Act, requiring businesses that package, sell, or prepare halal food to post information authenticating that the product meets halal standards. The new law is similar to existing legislation pertaining to kosher food for Jews, said officials. Halal, which has its roots in the Islamic holy book, the Koran, is similar to kosher in that it rejects pork. More importantly, Muslims eat meat only ...

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