More firms eyeing overseas markets seek halal certification

– More firms in Singapore are obtaining halal certification in hopes of
a slice of the global Muslim consumer market, Islamic Religious Council
data said on Friday.

More than 8,000 certificates were issued by the council last year, up from 7,200 in 2006.

Goods must be certified as halal before they can be consumed by Muslims.

of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim told the Singapore International Halal
Showcase that the industry has expanded beyond food and includes health
supplements, cleansing agents and traditional Chinese medicines.

certification not only widens companies’ market share locally, but it
also extend their reach to bigger markets overseas,” Yaacob said.

are seeking to expand to the Middle East following a decision by the
United Arab Emirates to recognize halal products from Singapore.

The showcase, which started on Thursday, is open through Sunday