Malaysia: Ban on ‘confusing’ Halal logos begins Jan 1

jakim.smallKUALA LUMPUR: Starting Jan 1, the use of halal logos, symbols and words such as ‘ditanggung halal’ (halal assured), ‘Muslim food’ and “Ramadan buffet’ which can confuse Muslim consumers will be banned.

Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said starting on that date, legal action will be taken against individuals and companies using halal logos other than those issued by Jakim or state religious councils.

“A corporation or organisation found guilty can face up a fine of up to RM200,000 for the first offence or up to RM500,000 for the second or subsequent offence.

“Meanwhile, an individual or other parties can face up to RM100,000 fine or a maximum of three years in jail, or both, if convicted for the first offence, or a maximum of RM250,000 fine or up to five years in jail, or both for the second or subsequent offence,” he said in a statement here on Friday.

He said all imported food items to be declared halal should also have the halal logo and certification issued by the authorities recognised by Jakim in the producing countries.

Othman said the transition period for Trade Descriptions (certification and marking of halal) Order 2011 which took effect on Jan 1 2012, would end on Dec 31 2012.

“Hence, Jakim would like to remind the industry players to be prepared and alert of the Malaysian halal certification from time to time.

“It is also hoped that the public will cooperate and channel information about the abuse of halal logos to Jakim,” he added.