By BI: If your restaurant is serving you ‘Creekstone Farms’ Beef, you are eating meat that has been inhumanely slaughtered by Muslim halal butchers. If it’s not indicated on the menu, be sure to ask the waiter or manager if their beef is from Creekstone. If it is, what you do next is up to you.
MuslimEater What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true. Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in ZABIHAH Halal.
That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, and know that the animal from which your tasty steak came from was forced to suffer agonizing pain while he slowly bled out because Muslims think this makes the meat taste better.
According to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone, the company has already received backlash from people in the Kansas area who are outraged by halal slaughter for posting the job ad to hire Muslim employees.
But this didn’t stop Creekstone from keeping Halal. They continued their Halal certification through the Halal Transactions of Omaha despite the Islamophobic backlash and still only hire Muslim slaughtermen. In a way, they fought against it during a time when xenophobes go as far as document meat suppliers that go Halal on their blogs.
There are probably people who so against Halal meat but end up eating Creekstone beef at a high end restaurant only they have no idea it’s actually Halal,” Rich laughed.
So, what would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process? According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.
Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.
How I Found Out: A good friend of mine sent me an email with a list of high-end restaurants in downtown Chicago that serve dishes made with Creekstone Farms beef with the words, “LET’S GO!”
I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.
A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.
Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made from barbarically-slaughtered Halal beef.
That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone. The crazy thing about this? Creekstone Farms’ is considered some of the best beef in America.
It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
(And they are slaughtered unlike any other cattle in the nation. They have their throats cut while they are fully conscious but the spinal cord is left in tact (cutting the spinal cord eliminates all pain for the animal. The animals writhe in agony while they bleed out which can take up to 5 minutes or more. The screaming and moaning sounds coming from the animals are too much for anyone but Muslims to bear)
The name is such a big deal it’s printed on menus. Top steakhouses order Creekstone Farms’ beef for their menus. In fact, many of them even list the name “Creekstone” next to their respective dishes, as in “24 oz. dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak,” because it’s a big deal.
I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.
Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.
“All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”
So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably many restaurants in America using Halal meat and they don’t even know it.
Directly contacting the Halal certifier, Halal Transactions of Omaha, was the only way to know exactly how the cattle at Creekstone are slaughtered.
“We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”
Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.
Find out if your favorite restaurant is a Creekstone buyer. The list below is from 2014, so there might be a lot more by now: the-ultimate-list-of-restaurants-that-carry-creekstone-farms-beef
You can also check here for a comprehensive list of stores and restaurants that sell halal products to see if a store or restaurant in your area is making you pay for Halal-certification: ZABIHAH