Understanding Halal Order

Written by Syazwan Sadikin (The Brunei Times)

17th June 2008


ENTREPRENEURS and food distributors should welcome the introduction of
regulations, in particular the Halal Order and Halal Certification, so
they can better conduct their businesses in the halal food industry.

was said by Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib
Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj
Othman, yesterday.

Speaking during the launching of the Halal
Certification workshop, he said that the regulations regarding
permissible certification will open up new opportunities to develop
businesses in the food sector while also giving incentive towards
penetrating international markets.


 However, he said, for development to occur, it is imperative that the
officers attending the workshop must first understand the Order

“What we want with the halal certification and label
is for it to be carried out effectively and for it to be accurate,
according to Syara’ laws and regulations,” said Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj

In issuing out the halal certification and label,
several requirements and terms has been made under the section 4(1) and
10 (1), making it imperative for authorities responsible for enforcing
the regulations to understand the Order clearly and accurately.

the Order will also allow applicants to be familiar with the process of
evaluation and approval, and thus avoid confusion and misunderstanding
between the authorities issuing the certificate and labels and the
certification holder or label user.

The deputy minister also
listed four main requirements while displaying the halal certificate at
any business premise. Firstly, the food item to be consumed by Muslims
must not contain any parts or ingredients from animals prohibited by
Syariah laws. The animal must also be slaughtered according to Syariah
laws. Secondly, the item must not contain anything that is regarded as
najis (ritually unclean) based on the Syariah laws. Thirdly, the food
items must be prepared using equipment which is free from anything that
is regarded as najis. Finally, when preparing or storing the food, it
must not touch or be near food items that have failed to comply to the
first three rules, and anything else that is regarded as unclean.
Requirements for the halal label are similar to that of the
certificate. When the halal label is displayed during business hours,
it indicates that the food available has met four requirements.

enforcement and carrying out the law, said the deputy minister, extends
to government agencies such as the Royal Brunei Police Force and
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, and is not solely under the
Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The Order was part of the
government’s initiative to assist users by giving knowledge and
acquiring food categorised as quality halal food (halalan taiyiban).

food items in the Order includes chewing items, medicines, prepared
ingredients to be sold or distributed for use, basic food and