Frequently Asked Questions
All of our products start with the idea that the shared human experience of eating well can support grassroots interfaith organizations and combat bigotry. Our starting block into the food industry began when we produced our first-to-market Zabihah Halal and Glatt Kosher "Interfaith Meat" (aka Abe's Meats).
We knew we wanted to build a brand that uses food as a tool to combat the rise in bigotry by supporting grassroot organizations that work on interfaith programming. So shortly after, to be more inclusive, we began producing new food products that also supported our Give Back program. These products include a line of hummus SKUs we call Hummus for All of Us, local honey that will help preserve beekeeping called Honey, I Love You, and a series of other products that are in the works.
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Abe's wanted to create a "common denominator" for all Muslims and Jews because we are an interfaith organization at our core. For Abe's Meats for example, we follow Zabihah Halal (that is also overseen to be Tayyib) and Glatt Kosher dietary laws. This means Muslims and Jews across all denominations of Islam and Judaism may enjoy Abe’s products!Last updated:
Nope. No swine (pork), alcohol (in any form), shellfish, insects, or dairy come near our meat production process. Or any other process for that matter. We also do not use antibiotics, hormones, coloring, gelatin or anything else that may question any interpretation of the most Orthodox Kosher or Halal dietary laws. We keep things simple over here.Last updated:
Kosher comes from “kasher,” which means suitable and pure. Kosher dietary laws let the Jewish community know whether a particular food may be consumed or not. The foundation for these laws are found in the Torah, the Jewish book of sacred texts.
Glatt ("smooth") Kosher is an Orthodox interpretation of Kosher. Glatt Kosher has become a more popular process of producing meat over the years. It has gained a reputation as the "gold standard" within most Jewish communities for requiring additional (and more expensive) steps to the Kosher process.
Glatt Kosher requires our production process to be overseen by a Shoket (an observant Jew who follows Orthodox Jewish dietary laws during an animal sacrifice). They use a very sharp knife to create a quick incision under the neck of the animal. The immediate loss of blood causes the animal to become unconscious right away. The knife is physically inspected and washed after every sacrifice. Later, the Shoket must check the animal for any defects. This inspection is done in conjunction with the health inspection of the USDA because we operate in a USDA facility. A Shoket may disqualify any meat it oversees as Glatt Kosher if it has any lacerations, lesions, punctured organs, or visible illness or abuse. An important focus for the Shoket is the lungs of the animal. It must always be smooth to pass as Glatt Kosher.
Abe's Meats follows the Glatt Kosher process for its meat production process so that Jews across all denominations may consume its meat products.
While we adhere to the most Orthodox religious dietary laws, we also want to adhere to the most ecological impact as well. As a Climate Collaborative organization we offer local meat that is sourced from American ranchers that practice regenerative agriculture so that we can help rebuild our carbon soil and be part of tackling climate change naturally.Last updated:
Halal means permissible in Arabic. Islam's Holy Qurăn and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuH) offer guidelines as to what are allowed to consume. For example, there are guidelines to which types of animals may be consumed. Eating pork chops is haram (not permissible), but chomping on some good ol' fried chicken is.
Zabihah, on the other hand, means "slaughtered" in Arabic and highlights how an animal must be sacrificed in order to be produced into meat for our nourishment.
In addition to following Glatt Kosher guidelines, we follow Halal guidelines from the Holy Qurăn and Sunnah and sacrifice an animal by following the Zabihah practice to produce meat. Fried chicken from your fast food restaurant may be considered Halal to many, but it may not necessarily be Zabihah.
To cover the preferences of ALL Muslims, we practice Zabihah Halal.
Zabihah Halal means our production process is overseen by a Muslim who gives a prayer at the moment of the sacrifice along with following additional steps within the production process. Zabihah is believed to cause the least amount of pain to animals. It is done with one quick incision under the neck of the animal using a very sharp knife. The incision is done horizontally and by hand with no stunning. Because we follow Glatt Kosher practices at the same time, we inspect and clean the knife after every use.
There are two verses from the Holy Qurăn that helped us apply the Zabihah Halal production process to insure that all Muslims may consume Abe's products.
"Today I have made permissible for you pure things and the food of those who were given the Book (Ahlul-Kitaab) is also Halal for you." (Qurăn Surah 5: Verse 4)
"Do not eat unless Allah's name has been taken and this (not taking Allah's name) practice is transgression." (Quran Surah 6: Verse 121)Last updated:
Muslims and Jews have been living side by side for thousands of years. The Muslim and Jewish identities in every corner of the world have far more commonalities than differences. Food is no exception to this. As a result, there are many foods that are already Halal and Kosher.
We noticed that this was not the case for meat products, particularly in the Western World. They were identified as separate of each other and did not bring together their most Orthodox practices.
Today, we believe the game has changed. There are now more interfaith families in America than ever before (roughly 40% of new relationships in America are multi-faith), there is a growing Muslim immigrant population across Europe and North America, and food businesses are looking to target new consumers without carrying more inventory. Enter Abe's Interfaith Meats by, well, us.Last updated:
Short Answer: The facilities we have worked with strictly follow Glatt Kosher and Zabihah Halal dietary laws and adhere to Jewish and Islamic dietary laws.
Details: We began producing "Interfaith Meat" for our Shabbat Salaam dinners in 2017. To offer high-quality, Glatt Kosher (and Zabihah Halal) compliant foods we worked with food experts alongside religious food experts such as Shokets, Masghiachs and their Muslim equivalent to oversee every aspect of our supply chain.
After hosting more than 1,000 attendees we began being asked where and when our Interfaith Meat will be available for purchase. We never thought about becoming a food company, but the opportunity presented itself in the latter half of 2018 after we had participated at TED's in-house incubator.
Because we produce at a small amount, the cost of certification is not yet feasible. So over the last year, we have worked with a Kosher certified co-packer. All of our inventory from this collaboration continues to be certified.
Now we are building out our own supply chain and look forward to having our own Kosher certification in the near future, thanks to great mentors we have within Kosher certifying bodies that want to see us succeed.
With the (hopeful) success of our Kickstarter, we will finalize our partnership with two facilities in Maryland and New York that have Kosher certification. To plan for this partnership accordingly, we have already built a strong relationship -- across many months -- with both Halal and Kosher certifying bodies in the US that are not only nationally recognized, but internationally accredited as well. (Internationally accredited bodies have much stricter rules and regulations to adhere to in comparison to a regional certifier in the US that may be led by a local religious institution with little transparency).
Our Kickstarter campaign will help pay for all aspects of our dual-certification and help us build demand, which we hope will lower production costs with the facilities we want to work with.Last updated:
We began producing "Interfaith Meat" for our Shabbat Salaam dinners in 2017. To offer high-quality, Zabihah Halal (and Glatt Kosher) compliant foods we have worked with foods experts alongside religious food experts such as Shokets, Masghiachs and their Muslim equivalent to oversee every aspect of our supply chain. We have had an in-house, Muslim-led Halal production process that follows the Zabihah process.
Because we are still producing in small quantities, the cost of certification is not yet feasible. iA with the (hopeful) success of our Kickstarter, we will finalize partnerships with two facilities in Maryland and New York that already hold Halal and Kosher certification. To plan for this partnership accordingly, we have already built a strong relationship -- across many months -- with both Halal and Kosher certifying bodies in the US that are both nationally recognized and internationally accredited. Internationally accredited bodies have much stricter set of rules and regulations to adhere to in comparison to a regional certifier in the US that may be led by a local religious institution with little transparency or accountability.
Our Kickstarter campaign will help pay for all aspects of our dual-certification, including random drop-ins. This oversight process is very expensive because the food company has to pay an annual fee (north of $5,000), plus the travel and accommodation expenses of the person who oversees our process every few months.Last updated:
We are not quite sure, but roughly 80 - 85% of Kosher consumers in the US are not Jewish. Industry experts highlight the same percentage for Halal food.
This high percentage is partly due to Halal and Kosher being perceived as better quality food and less processed than non faith-based foods. Now add our focus on regenerative agriculture -- for the betterment of the environment -- and our approach to bringing communities together through Interfaith Meat and we cannot agree more!
Not a Muslim or Jew? No problem! We welcome you to join our community of consumers who enjoy our high-quality, 100% grass-fed meats sourced from ranchers who do not use antibiotics or hormones.Last updated:
We didn't need much else to convince us that merging Kosher and Halal was the right thing to do, but then we found out that the Glatt Kosher process does not use the whole animal. There is a lot of waste in the process.
While only about one-third of the livestock becomes "Interfaith Meat" (because Kosher and Halal only merge on the front half of the animal), the back hind that is not deemed Kosher is still Zabihah Halal. Instead of letting go of perfectly high-quality premium beef, we offer it as Zabihah Halal through our own Halal network.
If that wasn't enough, we are a Climate Collaborative company with goals to further reduce our food waste.Last updated:
We will offer our Honey, I Love You 100% raw and unfiltered honey for Kickstarter. The honey is locally produced from hives in New York and/or New Jersey by bees that pollinate wildflowers. And our beekeeper is a Rabbi. Go figure.
Honey became our third product (after Interfaith Meat and Hummus for All of Us) because we want to be part of alleviating the negative ecological impact of the declining bee populations around the world. Like meat from regenerative agriculture, we want to be part of a solution that helps the environment.
Additionally, honey has incredible symbolic meanings to the Jewish and Muslim worlds aaand we noticed that there is actually a lot of bad honey out there. Our locally sourced, 100% raw and unfiltered honey is the best local honey you can buy.Last updated:
The definition we have heard be used for "local" is food within a 500-mile radius. As a result, we only use "local" to describe products that are within that range. That said, our sourcing for honey comes from less than 10 miles away from hives in New Jersey and New York. Our hummus is produced in the kitchen we work out of in midtown Manhattan.
We may also be one of the most "local" meat producers you know. 75-80% of grass-fed meat sold in the US actually comes from Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. We exclusively work with American farmers and ranchers because we are dedicated to supporting them and their local economies; and because it's just also a lot better for the environment than shipping it from across the world.Last updated:
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