Assalam o alaikum
At this time there are lot of brothers using townsend chicken. I read there certicficate and one of my friend confirmed that it is machine cut zabiha, cutting front of neck of chicken with sharp blade ample amount of blood comes out. There is muslim brother reciting Tasmiah while the cutting is in process. I did talk with one of the representative myself and he confirmed what I wroe above. If you can please advice if this chicken is halal to eat for us.
Actually there is some party this saturday and I need answer ASAP if it is possible. I am sorry I am asking this question very late. if it is possible for you to advice me about this I will greatly appreciate this.
May Allah SWT increase your knowledge and put barakah in your time
Mechanical slaughter does not qualify as Dhabiha Halal according to the majority of Muslim scholars from all schools of jurisprudence and Muslim countries.
Townsend sells machine slaughter chicken unless it has changed its method to hand slaughter by a Muslim who recites Tasmiya at the time of slaughter, townsend produced chicken would not be considered Halal.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America
21 Dhul-Qa'dah 1432/ October 19 2011