By Rohani Hj Abd Hamid
A section of the attendees at the event.
A talk focusing on ‘halal’ food was yesterday held at Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, drawing the
participation of some 200 members of a Muslimah class.
The talk was delivered by Zurina Salwa binti Hj Osman, an education officer from the Halal Food Control
Section at the Syariah Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs.
During the talk, she highlighted the use of ‘halal’ labels, which came into force beginning August 1, 2008.
She also touched on the roles and responsibilities of the Halal Haram Control Section in ensuring imported
products are halal, as well as the process towards securing the halal label, among others.
The halal certificate is valid for one year from the issued date, except unless the certificate is cancelled. The
certificate must be renewed not more than 30 days before the expiry date.
As part of the procedure to acquire the halal certificate, restaurants or food vendors should have at least two
halal food supervisors who are approved by the Islamic Religious Council.
The halal food supervisor should pass the oral and written assessment organised by the Halal Food Control
Section at the Syariah Department and Agriculture Department.