Philippines: Mead Johnson Nutrition gets halal approval

MANILA, Philippines – Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) Philippines, Inc., recently obtained a Halal Assurance System (HAS) Certificate from the Assessment Institute for Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics of the Indonesian Council of Ulama of Indonesia, the most highly recognized halal-certifying body worldwide.

A Halal Certification recognizes that products are permissible under Islamic law and thus are consumable or usable by Muslims.

The HAS certificate was issued to MJN Philippines after it consistently maintained an “A” rating for three consecutive years, from 2008 to 2010, during annual Halal Assurance System implementation audits conducted for companies exporting products to Indonesia.

The certification signifies that Mead Johnson has effectively implemented the halal assurance system in every step of its supply chain, from raw material purchasing to final product transportation.

In 2008, MJN Philippines was the first company in Asia to achieve an “A” rating on a first HAS implementation audit. Owing to this accomplishment, Mead Johnson representatives were invited to be among the resource speakers at at the International Training on Halal Assurance System in Bogor, Indonesia, in 2009 when the company, again, received an “A” rating on the second HAS implementation audit, where 19 of the 20 assessment components were rated “A.”

Last October 2010, another “A” rating was given to MJN during the 3rd HAS audit, where 100% of the assessment components were rated “A.” The HAS certificate is valid for two years.

Mead Johnson, one of the leading companies in the world known for science-based nutritional products for babies and children, began its operations in the Philippines in February 1962. Next year will mark its golden jubilee in the country.