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).
The company believes this is 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.
The company, which makes plant-based foods under the VegiDeli, Cheezly and Cheatin’ brand names, said it sought halal certification because it wanted to make its range available to Muslims throughout the world.
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.