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UNDERSTANDING HALAL AND HARAM
Muslims use two terms to describe food - halal and haram. Halal is an Arabic word which means permitted or lawful. Haram means forbidden or unlawful. Most diets and food are considered to be halal unless they are specified or mentioned in the Quran or Hadith (Traditions of Prophet Muhammad).THE MUIS HALAL CERTIFICATION SCHEME
Introduced in 1978, it is a nationally-recognised scheme which certifies a particular food or product as halal. An establishment which is awarded such a certificate is allowed to affix the MUIS halal logo on its products or display the logo on its premises.THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A MUIS HALAL CERTIFICATE
The certificate is an authoritative, reliable and independent testimony to support your claim as a manufacturer or operator that your products or food meet halal requirements. Muslim customers will have greater confidence in consuming such products or food.
If you are an exporter, the certificate may also help meet the importing country's trade entry rules. This may enhance your product's marketibility. The certificate is an internationally accepted means to assure the halal status of food or products.APPLYING FOR A LICENCE
Before making any formal application, you must first ensure that you can meet the conditions set by MUIS for manufacturing or preparing your halal products or food. An application form is available from the MUIS office.
Some of the conditions you must fulfil to get the certificate:
INSPECTION OF OPERATIONS
MUIS Halal Inspection Officers will conduct an unannounced visit to the applicant's premises to ascertain that the production or preparation of food meets halal requirements. They will also check that there is proper supervision by Muslim employees in ensuring that the halal status of the operations is maintained consistently. A repeat inspection may be carried out before an application is approved.GETTING THE CERTIFICATE
Once the halal requirements set by MUIS are met, the applicant will be issued a licence in the form of halal certificate. Periodic inspections will be made thereafter. The licence is valid for one year and is renewable on expiry.
Types of Halal certificates:
Acknowledgement: We would like to thank Zahid Ahmad, Head, Halal Certification Section, MUIS for the kind permission to reproduce this article. The orginal article and more information could be obtained from Halal Certification - MUIS Services