Muslim Raises Dispute Over Labeling of Meat
AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEF | 8/1/2003
(Lisa Fernandez, Mercury News) - As a practicing Muslim, Faraj Tabari had never let pig products touch his lips.
Until this summer.
On June 6 at Fremont's Food Maxx, the Palestinian immigrant bought a package of boneless ``country style ribs,'' which he intended to use in a delicacy called paya, traditionally made with cow's feet. He claims the package wasn't labeled and was sitting in the beef section. Not being a pork eater or a native to this country, he says he didn't realize ``country style ribs'' means pork.
But upon tasting his dinner, he was sure something was wrong.
``When I ate it, the texture was different than anything I ever had before,'' said the 44-year-old laid-off Caltrans civil engineer from Fremont.
When he returned to the store and a manager told him the meat was pork, Tabari threw the rest out. Then he threw up. He washed out his cooking pot with chlorine and sterilized his dishwasher.
Now, he's hired a lawyer to demand Food Maxx stop peddling its pork products as generic meat, which the law firm alleges violates two state health codes...