Kuwait: Panel sets out comprehensive guide for halal food regulation

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: The inaugural meeting of the National Halal Food Committee yielded several significant recommendations and decisions aimed at regulating the importation and certification of halal food in Kuwait. The following are the details:

Preparation of Importation Guide — The Standards and Metrology Department at the Food and Nutrition Public Authority was tasked with initiating the preparation of documents and arrangements to create a comprehensive guide outlining the conditions and requirements for importing halal food into Kuwait. This guide will serve as a reference for all importers to ensure compliance with halal standards.

Professional Certification for Halal-Slaughtered Animals — The committee proposed the development of a professional certificate specifically for halal-slaughtered animals. This certification aims to standardize and ensure adherence to halal slaughtering practices, meeting Islamic dietary laws.

Terms of Reference and Tasks — The meeting defined the terms of reference and tasks of the National Halal Food Committee. These include technical and administrative oversight by the Food and Nutrition General Authority concerning halal foods, as well as the establishment and revision of mechanisms for appointing Islamic bodies authorized to issue halal certificates and halal slaughter certificates.

Accreditation and Certification — There was an emphasis on enhancing accreditation activities for certification bodies involved in halal certification.The committee plans to participate in inspection visits to verify compliance with relevant halal requirements.

Development and Awareness Programs — Proposals were made to develop programs aimed at raising awareness, conducting research, and advancing initiatives related to the committee’s objectives. This includes following up on legal directives, legislation, and standard specifications relevant to halal food. Overall, the decisions taken in the first meeting of the National Halal Food Committee reflect a concerted effort to regulate and enhance the importation and certification processes of halal food in Kuwait.

These measures are intended to ensure that imported halal products meet strict standards and are compliant with Islamic dietary laws, thereby safeguarding consumer interests and promoting transparency in the market.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff