Pakistan: Halal products’ certification law demanded

9-food-processing-companies-receive-halal-certification-with-usaid-support3The legislation of Halal products’ certification and their standardisation must be discussed and approved by the parliament. The law should cover all the aspects regarding the Halal products otherwise all the efforts would go in vain, a press release said.

A 4-member of delegation from Thailand’s Halal Science Centre Chulalongkorn University (HSCCU) unanimously reached on a consensus that the government should assist those who were engaged in carrying out research and creating awareness among the masses on this issue, the release said. The delegation also visited Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Saturday, it said.

President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, SVP KCCI Muffasar A. Malik, VP KCCI Muhammad Idrees, Abdul Jabbar Dalal and other members of Managing Committee were also present in the meeting with Thai delegation. The delegation was comprised of Deputy Director HSCCU Banchong Withayametha, Planning and Policy Officer HSCCU Tanpong Wongboongird, Neerofar Warakulsalam and Supak Nunabee.

President KCCI, A. Abdullah Zaki briefed the delegation about functioning of KCCI and its membership strength, assured full support to the visiting delegation and the Halaal Foundation for achieving their objectives. The meeting also expressed concerns on Pakistani companies who were eager to get PSQCA, ISO and other international certifications but never thought about Halal certification. Abdul Aziz Raja of Jamia-Tur-Rasheed informed that the Halaal Foundation had constantly been working on raising awareness to people, particularly the slaughterers. In this regard prior to Eid ul Azha, the Halaal Foundation arranged a seminar for slaughterers to educate them to achieve Halal standards.

During a presentation by Thai delegation which mainly focused on highlighting the functioning of Halal Science Centre and the concept of Halal in Islam with reference to the holy Quran. Mufti Abdul Razzaq, Member of Shariah Department of Halaal Foundation and Arif Ali Shah, Shariah Consultant Halaal Foundation also attended the meeting.

The delegation was on a visit under a Memorandum of Understanding reached between Halaal Foundation Pakistan, which worked under the umbrella of Jamia-Tur-Rasheed and the Halal Science Food Centre Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, the release said.

During their stay in Pakistan, the Thai delegation would also visit Faisalabad to raise awareness on the importance of Halal products’ certifications, besides highlighting the functioning of Halal Science Centre in Thailand, world’s first such centre, which was carrying out comprehensive researches on Halal products.-PR