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Pakistan: Need for legislation on halal certification and standardisation stressed

Although many Pakistani companies are eager to get PSQCA, ISO and other international certifications, they rarely focus on Halal certification.

Although many Pakistani companies are eager to get PSQCA, ISO and other international certifications, they rarely focus on Halal certification.

KARACHI: Legislation on certification of Halal products and their standardisation covering all aspects of the definition of Halal must be presented and approved by the parliament, otherwise all efforts being made by various schools of thought will go in vain, said a four-member delegation of Thailand’s Halal Science Centre Chulalongkorn University, during their visit to the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

The government must assist these schools of thought who are currently engaged in carrying out research and raising awareness amongst the masses on this important issue, said the delegation.

A 4-member of delegation from Thailand’s Halal Science Centre Chulalongkorn University (HSCCU) unanimously reached on a consensus that the Pakistani government should assist those who were engaged in carrying out research and creating awareness among the masses on this issue, the release said. The delegation also visited Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Saturday, it said.

President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, SVP KCCI Muffasar A. Malik, VP KCCI Muhammad Idrees, Abdul Jabbar Dalal and other members of Managing Committee were also present in the meeting with Thai delegation.

The delegation visited Pakistan under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the Halaal Foundation Pakistan, which works under the umbrella of Jamia Tur Rasheed, and the Halal Science Food Center Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

The delegation was comprised of Deputy Director HSCCU Banchong Withayametha, Planning and Policy Officer HSCCU Tanpong Wongboongird, Neerofar Warakulsalam and Supak Nunabee.

During a presentation by Thai delegation which mainly focused on highlighting the functioning of Halal Science Centre and the concept of Halal in Islam with reference to the holy Quran. Mufti Abdul Razzaq, Member of Shariah Department of Halaal Foundation and Arif Ali Shah, Shariah Consultant Halaal Foundation also attended the meeting.

The Thai delegation also visited Faisalabad to gather inputs and raise awareness on the importance of Halal products’ certifications, educating their guest on the functioning of the Halal Science Centre in Thailand, which is the world’s first such body carrying out comprehensive research on Halal products and the only center equipped with a complete forensic center capable of testing all edible and non-edible products.

It was suggested to bring all stakeholders, including experts and religious scholars, under one roof to carry out a common research on Halal products so that they could efficiently deal with the challenges confronting Halal certification.

President KCCI, A. Abdullah Zaki briefed the delegation about functioning of KCCI and its membership strength, assured full support to the visiting delegation and the Halaal Foundation for achieving their objectives.

The meeting also expressed concerns that although many Pakistani companies are eager to get PSQCA, ISO and other international certifications; they rarely focus on Halal certification excluding some exporters who are mainly involved in exporting meat and some other products. Abdul Aziz Raja of Jamia-Tur-Rasheed informed that the Halaal Foundation had constantly been working on raising awareness to people, particularly the slaughterers.

Abdul Aziz Raja of Jamia Tur Rasheed, who was also present at the meeting, said that the Halal Foundation has been constantly working on raising awareness amongst people, particularly butchers. In this regard, the Halal Foundation recently arranged a seminar prior to Eidul Azha as it was felt and observed that many slaughterers and slaughter houses in Pakistan were not complying with Halal standards.

Originally reported in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2013.

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