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Halal is a term from the Quran that means “permitted” or “lawful”. Therefore, in relation to food, Halal is used for food and other consumables that are permissible for consumption and used by Muslims, based on Islamic law, the Shariah.
Halal promotes cleanliness in all aspects of a person and halal foods ensure that food consumed by a person in their daily lives are clean, hygienic and not detrimental to their health or well-being.
Halal certification states that the food or the products are permissible for the followers of Islam and no haram product or procedure is used while it’s manufacturing or processing. Having a halal certification ensures that the food product is deemed safe for consumption and with rising awareness about Halal foods, more and more businesses are seeking Halal Certification.
Halal certification is an internationally recognized certificate necessary to get trade permission in 117 countries.
Halal Certification Body
Halal India Private Limited
Indian Halal Services
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust
Halal Council of India
Types of Halal Certification
Halal certification is obtained for places like restaurants, hotels, slaughtering houses, packaging and labelling materials to ensure they are suitable to be visited /used by Muslim consumers. However, Halal certification is not limited to only food produce. Non-alcohol beverage, raw materials needed in food processing, pharmaceutical and health care products, traditional herbal products, cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning products and daily consumable products can also obtain Halal Certificate.
Halal Certification Procedure
The business wishing to obtain Halal Certification must apply to one of the Certification Bodies. It is important for the business to be aware of Halal Certification requirements at this stage and ensure that it is compliant with Halal requirements, Halal systems requirements and Halal staffing requirements.
Once the application information is verified, Auditors (usually one Shariah Auditor and one Technical Auditor) will visit the business for inspection. The Auditors will verify if the following areas are acceptable for Halal Certification:
Processing, handling and product distribution
Storage, display and product serving
Cleanliness, sanitary and food safety
The overall aspects of the premises
Tools, apparatus and machines
Packaging and labelling
During the audit, the business might have to provide criteria of acceptance of raw materials (ingredients), certificate of analysis and Halal certificate of individual ingredient. Once, the audit is completed, an audit report will be prepared and signed by both parties
Once the Halal audit is complete, a Technical Committee will review the documents submitted by the business and the audit report submitted by the Auditors. If the audit report is satisfactory and the business and/or products satisfy the Halal certification criteria’s, then the Halal Certification Body issues the Halal Certificate.
Benefits of Halal Certification
Obtaining Halal Certification has various advantages and could provide an edge for business amongst competitors. The following are some of the major benefits of obtaining Halal Certification for a business or product:
Make the business or product marketable to over 2 billion people & 117 Countries across the world.
Use of the Halal logo.
Enhance the marketability of the product in Muslim countries.
Improve the quality of the food or product or hygienic systems.
Improve the quality of the food or product.