With a global consumer base of about 1.8 billion Muslims, which is expected to grow across 112 countries, the halal food market is expanding significantly and halal-prepared food products are in high demand.
Halal simply means lawful or permitted. Accordingly, the term halal food means any food that is permitted to be eaten as per Shariah or Islamic Law. Similarly, in the context of other products, e.g. cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc., the term halal refers to a product that is permitted for use by Shariah for the intended purpose.
By examining a product and its label it is not always possible for the customer to determine whether a product is halal, as it may include unfamiliar or questionable ingredients. Halal certification is the system through which producers assure consumers that their products meet the halal requirements and as such are halal for intended consumption.
Halal certification is provided by qualified and experienced third party organizations possessing knowledge of the food science and Shariah requirements for a product to be halal and have expertise for objectively assessing and assuring that a product meets the halal requirements.
- Halal certification is an important requirement of Muslim importing countries and some importers in Non-Muslim countries.
- The Halal market continues to grow worldwide and the Companies can attain a larger market share due to Halal Certification.
- To use the term Halal in Food sector, a product must be Halal certified according to Pakistan Halal Standard PS: 3733 for Halal Food Management System
- SCP Certification has developed and implemented procedures in compliance with the requirements of Halal Standards (Pakistan Standard for Halal Certification).
- Re-certification is easy in case the term of Halal Certificate expires.
In order to complete the Halal Certification process, companies must complete a three step process with an advisory group. This process includes
- Evaluation — explanation of company and the need for receiving Halal Certification
- Inspection — onsite inspection of plant and process
- Certification — once the evaluation and inspection are complete, if passed, the organization will be granted certification
Halal Certification is applicable on businesses including
Why SCP ?
Our team of vastly experienced business councilors, assessors and auditors take a practical, down to earth approach ensuring management system certification is achieved simply and efficiently.
Our clients are varied and are involved in all types of business activities including Healthcare, Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, I.T., Distribution and other Services.
We achieve this by utilizing our highly trained, experienced staff, at SCP, we always ensure our clients are our top priority and that they are treated with professionalism and courtesy.
What is the process of getting Halal Certification?
There are multiple sources through which a company can obtain Halal Certification. Here’s a general overview of the Halal Certification process for the producer.
1) Gather product information and supporting documentation, including ingredient details for your products.
2) Submit a Halal Certification application and pay application fees.
3) Wait for inspectors to contact you.
4) Make sure that your working process comply with Halal protocol.
5) Auditors will schedule an examination of your facilities. After the examination, they will write a report, along with suggestions/recommendations for your operations and facilities.
6) Your information will be studied by the Halal certification panel. If satisfied, an agreement will be formed.
7) Upon signing the agreement, Halal certificate will be awarded to qualifying products.
8) The Halal mark can then be placed on the qualifying products.
What are the foods forbidden by Islamic law?
- pork meat.
- carnivorous animals, birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians and insects
- meat and derivatives of animals which are normally admissible but were improperly slaughtered
- blood and carcass
- alcohol and intoxicants.
What is the origin of the term ‘Halal’?
The Arabic term Halal means “appropriate”, “permitted”, thus understood as something permitted by the Islamic law and doctrine.