The rights and freedoms contained in the Spanish Constitution of 1978 include those relating to religious beliefs. In Spain, there are Muslim and Jewish communities with which the State has signed agreements to ensure they can observe their religious practices. These include dietary customs, which in both cases involve a series of rules that must be followed in order for the Faithful to be able to consume certain foods. Spanish law grants the relevant certifications to the governing bodies of both religious communities, Halal in the case of Muslims and Kosher for Jews.
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The Muslim community has an Islamic Commission in Spain, the representative body recognized by the Spanish State. This Commission set up the Halal Institute, which grants Halal certification to companies wanting to sell products to Muslims in Spain or export them to countries with communities that follow this religion. This certification means that the food has followed the procedures laid down in the Koran, the Muslim sacred book, and that it can be eaten by people who follow this faith.