Malaysia: Jakim sets up first Halal lab in Nilai

NILAI: The halal analytical laboratory of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) which is being built, here, will strengthen the role played by Jakim in issuing the ‘halal certificate’, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

He said the laboratory would become a one-stop-centre for the world’s halal certification and research industry because all requirements and reference on halal certification would be centred at the laboratory.

The national economy would derive significant benefits from the Malaysian halal certification which was recognised worldwide and would indirectly lift Malaysia’s image as the leader in halal certification, he told reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony for the laboratory at Bandar Enstek, here.

“Information and analyses from the laboratory specifically set up for halal certification would be accepted without dispute by the parties concerned. This will help Malaysia in churning out reference experts on halal certification and would turn Malaysia into a leading world halal hub,” he said.

Jamil Khir said that currently, the time needed to process the Malaysian halal certificates was 30 days, but with the creation of the laboratory, the current processing period was expected to be shortened.