Halal Consumer - Issue 32 - page 20

In 1996, Mary Anne Jackson and J&M
®
Food Products Company created the United
States military’s halal ration program, MREs
(Meals Ready to Eat), under a defense con-
tract. In addition to meeting the needs of
our Muslim service men and women, they
also made it possible to help our country
train foreign militaries, provide relief to
those affected by natural disasters such as
in Pakistan, and provide humanitarian relief
such as in Fallujah.
Since then, J&Mmeals are also available to
institutions including hospitals, universities,
and prisons so that people who cannot shop
can still get properly halal-certifiedmeals.
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The J&M
®
and My Own Meal
®
product offering:
J&M
®
Lamb & Lentil Stew
J&M
®
Old World Stew
J&M
®
Lamb & Barley stew
J&M
®
Vegetarian Stew
J&M
®
Beef Stew – 8 oz foil pouch
J&M
®
Florentine Lasagna
J&M
®
Beef Stew – 10 oz tray
J&M
®
Pasta with Garden Vegetables
J&M
®
Cheese Tortellini
My Own Meal
®
Cheese Tortellini
J&M
®
Chicken & Noodles
My Own Meal
®
Pasta with Garden
Vegetables
J&M
®
Chicken & Black Beans
My Own Meal
®
Vegetarian Stew
J&M
®
Chicken Mediterranean
My Own Meal
®
Florentine Lasagna
J&M
®
Foods first achieved halal
certification in 1995. President
Mary Anne Jackson relates, “In
1995 My Own Meals, Inc. cre-
ated its J&M Food Products
Company division to focus solely
on the development of the
halal and zabiha halal prepared
meals market. All of the prod-
ucts produced, marketed, and sold by J&M meet strict
halal Islamic standards.”
J&M started out with ten meals that were strictly
halal-certified; four of which were vegetarian meals. In
2002, they began offering the four vegetarian meals
to the United States military as well as offering shelf
stable meals in pouches to the market. Two new lamb
meals were added in 2004, bringing the total halal-
certified meal offering to seventeen (see insert).
As to why J&M chose IFANCA as their halal certifier,
Jackson says, “They were the best and most reputa-
ble. They were concerned about the proper production
of the meals as halal. Some other certifiers were will-
ing to accept meat not slaughtered by a Muslim and
still claim it to be zabiha. With IFANCA, we have on-
site trained Islamic inspectors/supervisors watching
over all aspects of production and packaging, includ-
ing inspecting all equipment for cleanliness before
every production run. When consumers buy J&M
products, they know they are getting a product that
is authentically halal.”
J&M brand meals can be ordered directly from the
J&M website (
), while My
Own Meal
®
brand meals can be ordered from www.
myownmeals.com. Recently, the brands have also
been made available at Perdesi Grocery in Glendale
Heights, Illinois. All halal-certified products bear the
Crescent-M logo on the package. Jackson says, “We
want everyone to know that we care and that the qual-
ity of our halal is high.”
As to what it took to get halal certification, Jackson
says, “We had to help create the halal market in the US.
Finding halal-certified ingredients was a challenge.”
Spotlight on J&M
®
Foods
Spotlight on an IFANCA Halal-Certified Company
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