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What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. In reference to food, it is the dietary standard, as prescribed in the Koran.
By official definition, Halal foods are those that are:
1. Free from any component that Muslims are prohibited from consuming according to Islamic law.
2. Processed, made, produced, manufactured and/or stored using utensils, equipment and/or machinery that have been cleansed according to Islamic law.
What is halal certification?
This means that food has been subjected to approved certification systems which guarantee to consumers that nothing in the food has any forbidden components. Halal certificates are issued, for a fee, by a certifying body.
Types of Halal Certifications:
1. Restaurant Scheme
2. Industrial Scheme
3. Food, Beverage and Catering Scheme
4. Abattoir Scheme
5. Warehouse and Storage Scheme
6. Product Endorsement Scheme
Benefits of Halal Certification
1. Opportunities to tap a global Halal food market of about 2 billion people (Middle east , Asia Pacific ,EU,USA,LATAM,Central Asia)
2. Halal logo is an authoritative, independent and reliable testimony to support Halal food claims
3. 200% profit of greater market share: No loss of non-Muslim markets/clients
4. Enhance marketability of products in Muslim countries/markets
5. Small cost investment relative to multiple growth in revenues
6. Image boosts in meeting varied customer needs.
7. Improve the food preparation hygienic system
8. Improve the food quality into global standards
What is HALAL (Lawful) and HARAM (Prohibited)?
Muslims commonly use two terms to describe every subject as Halal or Haraam. Halal is a Arabic word which means permitted, lawful with respect to which no restriction exists, and the doing and consuming of which the Law-giver, Allah has allowed.
Haram means the opposite-unlawful or forbidden that which the Lawgiver absolutely prohibited; anyone who engages in it is liable to incur the punishment of Allah in the Hereafter as well as a legal punishment in this world.
How to Get Halal Certification in India?
Halal Certification is provided by Halal Certification Bodies in India. There are various Halal Bodies and a few of the Halal Bodies in India are listed below:
1. Halal India Private Limited
2. Halal Certification Services India Private Limited
3. Jamiat Ulama-E-Maharashtra - a State unit of Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind
4. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust
Halal Certification Procedure
Step 1: Application
The business wishing to obtain Halal Certification must apply to one of the Certification Bodies. It is important for the business to be aware of Halal Certification requirements at this stage and ensure that it is compliant with Halal requirements, Halal systems requirements and Halal staffing requirements.
Step 2: Audit
Once the application information is verified, Auditors (usually one Shariah Auditor and one Technical Auditor) will visit the business for inspection. The Auditors will verify if the following areas are acceptable for Halal Certification:
Processing, handling and product distribution
Storage, display and product serving
Cleanliness, sanitary and food safety
The overall aspects of the premises
Tools, apparatus and machines
Packaging and labeling
During the audit, the business might has to provide criteria of acceptance of raw materials (ingredients), certificate of analysis and Halal certificate of individual ingredient. Once, the audit is completed, an audit report will be prepared and signed by both parties
Step 3: Certification
Once the Halal audit is complete, a Technical Committee will review the documents submitted by the business and the audit report submitted by the Auditors. If the audit report is satisfactory and the business and/or products satisfy the Halal certification criteria’s, Halal Certificate is issued by the Halal Certification Body.