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Certification of halal products
Halal certification
  • All people have the right to eat safe food. In addition, Muslims abide by Islamic laws regarding food, cosmetics, and so on. The right to consume food is absolute. Muslims have been preparing food according to Islamic recipes for centuries, so they had no problem identifying the raw materials for cooking. The products consumed have always been as "pure" as possible. However, along with the latest technological advances, breakthroughs and changes in the food sector, there are a lot of products on the market that are issued as halal exclusively for marketing purposes.

Given the density of Muslim population in the world, the importance of halal food is growing. From an economic point of view, in a world of about 1 billion Muslims, the halal food market, which is used by Muslims living only in European countries, shows figures of about 80 billion euros per year.

What is Halal?

The wording "Halal" means anything that is permitted by Islamic law. The term is also used to refer to food that must meet certain conditions. The importance of halal food is difficult to overestimate, because it benefits the health of all people. Food hygiene and observance of Islamic laws are important factors. Muslims produce their own food according to the conditions established by Allah and the Messenger of Allah.

The use of animals and animal products is prohibited, such as:

  • Pigs and boars
  • Dogs, snakes and monkeys
  • Lions, tigers, bears and other similar animals
  • Eagles, vultures and other similar birds
  • Rats, millipedes, scorpions and other similar animals
  • Lice, flies, larvae
  • Frogs, crocodiles
  • Domestic mules and donkeys
  • All poisonous and dangerous aquatic animals
  • Any other animals killed not in accordance with Islamic law
  • Blood

The slaughter must be carried out in accordance with Islamic law, taking into account the following requirements:

  • The person conducting the slaughter must be a mentally healthy Muslim who is familiar with the Muslim rules of slaughter
  • An animal to be slaughtered must comply with Islamic laws
  • The slaughter animal must be alive at the time of slaughter
  • The phrase "Bismillah" (in the name of God) should be pronounced just before the animal is slaughtered
  • The slaughter tool must be sharp and the cut smooth and continuous
  • During slaughter, the trachea, esophagus, major arteries and veins in the neck should be cut

The confirmation of slaughter or production in the HALAL system is a valid certificate issued by Muslim religious associations operating in different countries.

        Why do you need a halal certificate?

Halal certification is currently being introduced for producers marketing their food products overseas. This document indicates the "purity" of the products, but at the same time is used by many manufacturers as a marketing method. All production processes, from raw materials to the stage of manufacturing the finished product, all substances and additives contained in the product must comply with Islamic criteria and humanitarian requirements in terms of origin, form of delivery. Packaging materials and product storage conditions must meet humanitarian and Islamic criteria - Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) and HACCP requirements.

It is very important that the Halal certificate is valid all over the world in terms of Islamic criteria, humanitarian requirements, hygiene and cleanliness conditions, nutritional requirements, both in terms of the stages of production of the product and in terms of all elements in the composition of the product. Halal certificates obtained from certification bodies accredited by Malaysia Jakim are valid worldwide. The main feature of Halal Food standards is that all processes of food production from the receipt of raw materials to delivery to the consumer must comply with the principles of the Islamic faith.

The market for halal certified products is huge. 1.5 billion Muslims around the world prefer certified halal products. 10 million live in America, 25 million in Europe, 300 million in Africa, 850 million in Asia, 250 million in the Middle East. Sources say the Halal market has an annual revenue of about $ 200 billion.

         Halal certification benefits

Halal certificate is a document subject to certification, production verification, confirming that production is carried out in compliance with halal standards.

Below are the benefits of Halal certification for both the consumer and the manufacturer:

  • Obtaining a certificate makes it possible to make an informed choice in terms of consumer preferences. Consumers can safely consume the products they buy, confident that they are produced in full halal compliance, under constant supervision. Halal certification is provided on on the basis of an independent examination of the product with regards to all production stages.
  • The importance of the halal market in the international market has increased recently. Halal certification companies offer their products to the global food market, thereby increasing their competitiveness. With Halal certification, the manufacturer plays a key role in providing food to the Islamic world.
  • Halal certification indicates that a product strictly complies with food safety and hygiene requirements during production, not just the needs of the halal directive.
  • The recognition of a product and manufacturer in the global Islamic world contributes to popularizing a specific product and manufacturer.
  • Halal certificate is a document recognized in the Islamic world and valid in all regions of the world.

         Halal food certification process

In the context of modern production, a Muslim cannot get accurate information that a product is halal without the help of a specialist. To obtain halal quality, it is not enough that the product or the raw materials from which it is made are halal. The origin of the manufactured products requires adherence to Islamic norms regarding production and processing procedures. In the same context, all components and additional materials of the processes must be legally produced per Islamic rules. Halal products are products that do not contain questionable or prohibited ingredients.

To obtain the certificate, all raw materials and additives must have halal status. To get certified for halal products, you need to follow certain rules:

  • Apply for Halal certification in writing or online with the appropriate certification authority.
  • Certification of nutrients and product ingredients is conducted.
  • The slaughtering equipment is checked and the cleaning conditions are observed.
  • There is a check of the places where animals are kept, methods of stunning animals, methods of slaughter, compliance with halal standards before and after the slaughter of animals.
  • All required fees and charges are due.

If the company complies with the requirements, a halal certificate is issued.

The first country in the world to receive a halal food certification is Malaysia. Halal food production in Malaysia is government-run and internationally certified. Turkey is the only Muslim country of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). In this country, the chairmen and secretaries of the Turkish Standards Institute, the project committee for halal food, work. The first meeting of the committee took place in Istanbul in September 2013.