What is Halal Certification?
Halal certification is a document that guarantees that products and services marketed towards Muslim populations meet the requirements of Islamic law. When compliant, these products and services are considered suitable for consumption by Muslims.
During the Halal certification process, the quality and features of products must comply with the rules established by the Islamic Council. While there are countless products that can be considered Halal, this certification is mainly directed towards meat, milk, canned food, and some additives.
For meat products, Halal certifies that the animals were slaughtered in a single cut, thoroughly bled and their meat has not been in contact with other meat or pork products or slaughtered in any other manner.
Halal certified products are often marked with the Halal symbol or the letter “M.”
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 storage, preparation, packing, and finished goods in storage areas comply with Halal protocol.
5. Auditors will schedule an examination of your facilities. After the examination, they will write up 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 and paying additional fees, a Halal Certification will be awarded to qualifying products.
8. The Halal mark can be placed on the qualifying products.
Some Halal Definitions:
Halal Food: Food and drinks that are allowed to be consumed by the Islamic rules by eating, drinking, injecting, or inhaling permitted under the Sharia law.
Najis: In Islamic Law, Najis can mean ritually unclean. Here are some examples:
- Dogs, pigs, and their descendants;
- Halal food that is contaminated with things that are non-Halal;
- Urine, blood, vomit, pus, placenta and excrement, sperm, and ova of pigs and dogs;
- Halal animals that are not slaughtered according to Sharia law.