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 and thus are 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 that allow the use of the Halal mark. While there are many other 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 otherwise. Halal certified products are often marked with the Halal symbol or the letter “M.”
How to get Halal Certification?
There are multiple sources through which a company can obtain Halal Certification. Here’s a general overview of procedures:
|1. Gather product information and supporting documentation, including ingredient details for your products|
|2. Submit a Halal Certification application, and pay your application fees|
|3. Await 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 examine your facilities and write up a report, along with suggestions/recommendations|
|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|