The Halal industry has been an emerging global market force and is starting to really make its presence felt in the North American market. As the growing problems regarding improperly labeled products, (specifically Halal ones) stretch across the globe, it is now more important than ever that we begin to seriously address the issues here in America. ISNA has built an alliance with the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), the largest Halal certifying body in the U.S., for support in establishing the national Halal standards and accreditation body. Developing the standards and accreditation body in America, will help safeguard the integrity of the Halal industry and regain the confidence and trust of Muslim American consumers of Halal products and those countries that import American products as well.
ISNA is committed to serve the interests of U.S. consumers and businesses, and with the support from IFANCA and other industry stakeholders in creating the ISNA accreditation body, it will further ensure Halal products are standardized, certified and regulated for the protection of the consumer. Furthermore, it will help eliminate fraudulent activities in the name of Halal products. In addition, fairness, transparency and development of the Halal market are also in America’s best interest, as it should create employment and economic vitality.
IFANCA will be holding it’s annual International Halal Conference with the theme ‘Halal United – An Integrated Approach’ on 6-8 April in Rosemont, Illinois. General guidelines for Halal certification, developing a Halal Standard and also an integrated Halal assurance system will be among the topics discussed at the 15th International Halal Conference.