Pakistan: ‘1.5bn people world over consume Halal products’

KARACHI: There are around 1.3 billion Muslims in the world and 1.5 billion Halal consumers, which means that one out of every four human beings consumes Halal products, former President KCCI Anjum Nisar said.

While addressing a seminar on “Halal Food Awareness” organised by Halal Food Authority, UK in collaboration with Bhombal & Company Pakistan, he said that the difference of 0.2 billion between the Halal consumers and Muslims is accounted for by non-Muslims living in Muslim majority countries where most foods are Halal.

Anjum said that in USA and Europe, Muslim community has a very busy life style. “Increasingly, daily activities at work and home do not allow them to prepare meals at home. Muslims, like any other segment of population, are involved with their jobs and other away-from-home activities and demand on their time has increased.”

He said availability of prepared convenience foods has become more and more important. “Consequently, availability of Halal prepared foods will serve a very useful purpose. Pakistan can play a leading role in promoting packed Halal food products,” Anum said.

Ateeq ur Rehman of KCCI emphasied “Halal Health Support programme” and Health Insurance cover of the employees of the organisations, which was fully endorsed by the Chief Guest, other speakers and the audience. The speakers also stressed the need to remove apprehensions regarding Halal certification.

Vice Chairman BMG (KCCI), Masood Khawaja, President Halal Food Authority, UK, Muhammed Saeed Bhombal CEO Bhombal Group, A Q Khalil Former President KCCI, Hamid Maker Chairman Helpline Trust, Asad Sajad, CEO Halal Development Council, Tariq S Bhombal from Bhombal and Company were also present.