Jul 15 2011 By Ian Proctor
SIBLINGS have opened in South Harrow what they believe is the first takeaway in the country to top its pizzas with 'slaughter-free' cheese.
The mozzarella used at The Karma Free Pizza Company in Alexandra Avenue is produced by an artisanal cheesemaker in Somerset using milk from an organically-run Jersey cow farm in Suffolk which does not cull its animals.
Co-owner Saloni Ben-Belaid, 38, of High Street, Harrow Weald, said: "It's slaughter-free and ethical. It's something that's never been tried before.
"The calves are allowed to live and the milk-yielding cows, once retired, are looked after until they pass away naturally.
"The cows aren't mechanically impregnated so it's a more humane existence for the animals.
"And you haven't got all the normal hormones and antibiotics in there so you're eating healthy cheese."
She and brother Shyam Raithatha, 31, of Rosslyn Crescent, Harrow, opened their store - which deals mainly in takeaways but has tables for dining - at the start of June.
The siblings employ two chefs to freshly prepare and serve a vegetarian menu that includes burgers as well as the much-loved Italian classic dish.
"My brother was a takeaway junky and he was diagnosed as diabetes," explained Ms Ben-Belaid.
"He had an epiphany and thought: 'We all need to help each other.'
"We all love pizza and love the Pizza Express-style gourmet pizzas but we thought there must be a way to make it healthier.
"We want to educate people and make them think about what they're putting in their mouths.
"We know the fast food business only as customers but we have winged it and it's come good.
"So far the results have been positive. It's a guilt-free fast food experience."
n The Karma Free Pizza Company is open from 4pm to 11pm seven days a week.