(AP) If you’re planning to visit the Greater Omaha area this summer, there are halal and kosher grocery stores that are popular with the general public.
But while some of the larger chains such as Safeway and Costco are welcoming, others such as Kroger, Sam’s Club, KFC and Kroger have been known to be a bit stingy in terms of accepting customers.
That’s because the halal industry is so much more complicated and has so many different brands, which can confuse consumers, said Adam Siegel, executive director of the Halal Food and Drug Administration, a nonprofit organization that helps consumers get the best halal products.
Some of the most popular halal chains include Safeway, Kmart, Costco, Sams Club, Kroger and others.
And while some stores have kosher and halal ingredients on their shelves, there is also a fair amount of kashrut on the shelves, he said.
The halal market is big business.
It generates about $10 billion a year for retailers and restaurants, and the industry accounts for more than 60% of the U.S. halal economy, Siegel said.
It also has to do with the fact that the consumer is so used to grocery stores not accepting the products they have in their own homes that it is hard to distinguish between halal food and nonhalal food, he added.
But if you’re shopping at one of the bigger chains, you’ll have a better chance of seeing halal items.
Siegel said the Halamish kosher food is sold in a variety of products, including salad dressings, meat and poultry, dairy products, nuts and seeds, pasta sauces and condiments.
You can also buy the halamish food on its own or in a condiment container.
But the biggest challenge for the consumer, he explained, is how to determine what halal foods are safe to eat.
You’ll also have to consider what kind of products are actually kosher, he warned.
If you’re buying groceries, you can’t just check the ingredients.
You have to have a conversation with the store about what products are kosher, and what’s not, Sessler said.
And you might have to ask questions about how halal practices are observed.
So if you go into the store, be prepared to be cautious.
“Halal food is something that’s hard to discern, but if you do it, you will be more likely to find good products that are halakha,” he said, referring to the Jewish dietary law.
If something looks off, though, that’s because halal certification is the final step before purchasing halal groceries, he noted.
That process takes a lot of time, which is why there are a lot more halal stores in the U