Opinion: Seeking accountability and transparency: Is it time for global oversight of Halal Certification Bodies?

By Paul Cochrane for Salaam Gateway

Critics say the dominant HCB model is hindering rather than advancing the halal ecosystem, being driven by profit rather than consumer well-being and Islamic ethics, while in certain countries there are certification monopolies that are driving out competition in the sector.

The for-profit model is considered a particular problem in non-Muslim majority countries, lacking effective oversight at the government or theological level while imposing high fees on companies wanting the halal logo for sales and export purposes.

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