KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia will take the lead to standardise halal certification for all Muslim countries, says Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC).
Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said the issue was now being discussed at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) level.
“Malaysia is partnering Turkey to tackle the differences in halal certification and to come up with a new standardised criteria that would be applied in all OIC countries,” he told a press conference after a panel discussion on global food security held in conjunction with the World Halal Conference 2014.
He said out of 57 countries under the OIC, there were 10 big players in the halal industry besides Malaysia including Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Jamil said most of the 10 countries have approved the new standards, which once applied, can avoid confusion or differences in issuing halal certification.
“This partnership will harmonise halal standards, globally, as currently there were a lot of criteria coming out from other countries.
“And, as Malaysia has been pioneering the halal industry for almost 40 years, our ideas and proposals would be highly demanded by the OIC,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jamil said in line with the improved economic situation globally, Malaysia expected exports of halal products to increase to five per cent compared with 2.7 per cent last year.
In 2013, Malaysia’s exports was valued at RM32.8 billion.