Colorado State answers student demand for halal meat

Meat will now be served three days a week.

Oct. 23—Jasir Mayat was excited to move to Colorado from Pakistan a few months ago to attend Colorado State University. However when he arrived and found no halal meat served on campus, he sprung into action and approached CSU Housing and Dining Services about introducing halal meat to CSU dining halls.

Halal meat will now be served at the Parmelee dining hall starting Monday. To get Halal meat introduced on campus, Mayat was hired by CSU Housing and Dining Services to survey about 100 Muslim students to find out if there was enough demand. Mayat’s surveys found that 26 Muslim students on campus practice a halal diet. Many of the students responded that they eat haram (unlawful) meat currently because of the lack of protein options and that they would eat halal meat if it was available.

Housing and Dining Services felt this was adequate demand. Halal meat will be substituted into the regular Parmelee menu on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch and dinner, according to Peter Testory, senior executive chef for CSU Housing and Dining Services.