Halal And Halal Certification
Halal simply means lawful or permitted. Accordingly, the term halal food means any food that is permitted to be eaten as per Shariah or Islamic Law. Similarly, in the context of other products, e.g. cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc., the term halal refers to a product that is permitted for use by Shariah for the intended purpose. By examining a product and its label it is not always possible for the customer to determine whether a product is halal, as it may include unfamiliar or questionable ingredients. Halal certification is the system through which producers assure consumers that their products meet the halal requirements and as such are halal for intended consumption. Halal certification is provided by qualified and experienced third party organizations possessing knowledge of the food science and Shariah requirements for a product to be halal and have expertise for objectively assessing and assuring that a product meets the halal requirements. Once a product is halal certified it will display the halal certification mark of its certifying body to assure customers that the product is halal for intended consumption. It is important for a producer to carefully select the right certifying body for his products.
Why should I get Halal Certification?
A company interested in supplying consumable products to Muslim population of the world, currently estimated at more than 1.6 billion, needs to obtain halal certification. The awareness and demand for certified halal products is growing rapidly in non-Muslim (North America, Europe, Canada, etc.) as well as Muslim countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East, etc.). Accordingly, companies interested in marketing their products internationally need to offer halal certified products. These days an increasing number of halal international trade fairs are being organized all over the world that deal exclusively in halal products. Since entry to and achievement of share in international markets is a long drawn process, Pakistani companies, as well as companies in other countries – even those located in non-Muslim countries, need to get their products halal certified for achieving success in the international halal products market.
Main Categories of Halal Certification
Halal Food & Beverages
Halal Pharmaceuticals & Nutraceuticals
Halal Food Facilities: Abattoirs, Catering Kitchens, Restaurants, Hotels, Food Manufacturing & Processing Facilities, etc.