Sixty vegetarian and vegan friendly foods produced by award-winning ethical food firm The Redwood Wholefood Company have been certified halal by the European Halal Development Agency (EHDA).
It is believed to be the first time that a vegan food manufacturer has
been awarded halal certification. In 2010, Redwood was also awarded
kosher certification by the Manchester Beth Din.
"We sought halal certification because we wanted to make our
vegetarian and vegan friendly foods available to Muslims throughout the
world" said Lee Rockingham at Redwood, which makes plant-based foods
under the VegiDeli, Cheezly and Cheatin’ brand names.
Among the many different vegetarian and vegan friendly foods now halal
certified by the EHDA are Redwood’s animal-free alternatives to beef,
poultry, fish and cheese, including burgers and sausages, ‘bacon’,
‘fish’ fingers and ‘mozzarella’.
Owned by charity campaigner Heather Mills, Redwood was recently rated
the UK’s most ethical vegetarian foods provider by The Ethical Company
Organisation for the seventh year running.
All its foods are free from animal ingredients and derivatives as well
as cholesterol, artificial colours/preservatives, lactose, hydrogenated
fats and GMOs.
In the UK, the range is sold through health food shops, selected supermarkets and Redwood’s online store www.redwoodfoods.co.uk.