Halal Certification in Pakistan
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Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. In relation to food and cosmetic products, Halal means products that are allowed to be consumed or used by humans according to Shariah (Islamic Law).
The meaning of the word Halal is: “Permitted, allowed, authorised, approved, sanctioned, lawful, legal, legitimate or licit”.
When used in relation to products in any form whatsoever it means that it is permitted and fit for consumption by Muslims and Haram means that is not permitted and fit for consumption by Muslims.
A product is considered Halal if as a whole and in part is:
- Free of, and not containing any substance or ingredient, taken or extracted from a Haram animal or ingredient.
- Made processed, produced, manufactured and/or stored by using utensils, equipment and/or machinery that has been cleansed according to Islamic law.
- Must never have come into contact with, touch or be close to a Haram substance during preparation, making, production, manufacture processing and/or storage.
The meaning of ‘Haram” is the opposite of Halal. i.e. not permitted etc.
A product is considered Haram if it comes into contact with or as a whole or in part contains:
- Animals not slaughtered in a Halal manner.
- Pigs, dogs, donkeys or carnivores.
- Dead animal due to strangulation, a blow to the head (as in clubbing), a headlong fall, natural causes (carrion), being gored or attacked by another animal.
- Animals having protruding canine teeth such as monkeys, cats, and lions.
- Amphibious animals such as frogs and crocodiles.
- Undesirable insects such as worms, flies and cockroaches.
- Birds of pray with talons such as owls and eagles.
- Alcohol, harmful substances, poisonous and intoxicating plants or drinks.
Halal Certification in Pakistan
Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) is the authority responsible for implementation of regulations controlling Halal Certification in Pakistan.
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) is the Authority responsible for implementation of regulation controlling Halal products in the U.A.E. The Federal Government has recently launched the Halal National Mark to augment the program certifying Halal products and animal slaughterhouses.
The Company is a Halal Certification Body accredited by the GCC Accreditation Center and Registered by Emirates Authority for standardization and metrology to offer conformity assessment services and certification of Halal products intended for the GCC member countries. The Company, as an official third party of ESMA to offers Halal certification services of Halal products.
The Halal National Mark
- Mark of Conformity granted to products animal slaughterhouses that have demonstrated compliance with requirements of U.A.E. Regulations for Halal Products
- Mark that can be printed on the certified product as a proof of compliance and approval by the Federal Government through ESMA
- License to use the Halal National Mark is valid for 3 years.
The Halal Certificate of Conformity
- Halal Certificate is valid within 3 years upon issuance for the certified products and animal slaughterhouses.
- Renewal application is required one month before expiration of the certificate.
- List of certified products may be updated to include additional products provided these are under the same category, manufactured in the same production line and the same set of technical requirements is met.
|C||Processing 1 (Perishable animal products)||Meat products, eggs, dairy and fish products|
|E||Processing 3 (Products with long shelf life at room temperature)||biscuits; snacks; oil; drinking water; beverages; pasta; flour; sugar; salt|
|N||Other materials manufacturing||Cosmetics|
Halal Certification Authority in Pakistan
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. Halal means products that are allowed to be consumed or used by humans according to Shariah (Islamic Law). Advances in science & technology have revolutionized the human life; eating, drinking, dressing & beautification habits being no exception. But the darkest aspect thereof is that they have perturbed the Muslims because of the Haraam ingredients & products. Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) is the authority responsible for implementation of regulations controlling Halal Certification in Pakistan.
WHY HALAL CERTIFICATION?
- Halal certification is a requirement of Muslim importing countries and some importers in other countries.
- HCA is audited by AQIS, DAWR, GAC (regulated by ESMA) and DQS (regulated by JAS-ANZ) on a regular basis.
- HCA does not take any royalty on processed products it certifies. The certification fee paid is not dependent on quantity, quality or number of products.
- Halal certification is responsible for one dollar in every three earned from export and is directly responsible for the employment of over 400,000 non-Muslim Australians, both men and women.
- Companies enjoy a larger market share due to Halal certification.
- The Halal market continues to grow worldwide.
- To use the term Halal, a product must be Halal certified according to Codex Alimentarius Commission.
- Certification is driven by manufacturers looking for new niche markets in Australia and overseas.
- Halal certification of processed food does not require any changes or rituals. Only products that qualify are certified.
- Muslims have certain dietary requirements that must be fulfilled by certification.
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List of Agencies providing Halal Certification in Pakistan
D-13, Al-Hilal Society Opp. Askari Park, Karachi, Pakistan
2. Punjab Halal Development Agency
4/6 Shaheen Complex, Egerton Road, Lahore
3. SANHA Halal Associates Pakistan.
Mr. Yousaf A.R Khan (Mufti)
Chief Executive Officer
Flat No.02 Plot 10-C 2nd Commercial Lane Zamzama DHA-V, Karachi, Pakistan
Useful Resources and Links regarding Halal Certification:
World Halal Council: Keeping up with Global Developments
I. What is the World Halal Council:
The World Halal Council (WHC) is a World Body being a federation of halal certifying bodies worldwide after gaining international and global acceptance to their halal certification and accreditation processes.
The World Halal Council was established in Jakarta in 1999 in order to standardize the halal certification and accreditation process among member organizations representing the different countries and nationalities worldwide.
Originally, this organization was initiated by certifiers from the following countries: Indonesia, United States, Australia and Holland. The first president of the council was Prof. Dra. Aisjah Girindra of the LPPOMUI of Indonesia and the first Secretary-General was Br. Hj. Abdullah Fahim Ab. Rahman of IFRC, Malaysia, then followed by Dr, Ali Chawk of Australia then followed by Dr. Mohd., Sadek of IFANCA – USA, on 2007, President was Br. H.M. Nadrattuzzaman Hosen, Secretary General Abdul Rahman T. Linzag, on 2008, President was Br. H.M. Nadrattuzzaman Hosen, Secretary General Abdul Rahman T. Linzag, on 2009, President Lukmanul Hakim, Secretary General Abdul Rahman Linzag, on 2010, Lokmanul Hakim and general secretary Abdul Rahman Linzag, President Bro. Thafier Najjar and General Secretary Mohamed El-Mouelhy and as honorary president GIMDES Chairman Dr. Huseyin Kami BUYUKOZER was formally elected last October 2011 after the ratification and adoption of the present Charter of the World Halal Council.
The WHC was first registered in Jakarta, Indonesia and again registered as a World Body in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In fact, it took the WHC nine (9) years to be able to formulate, ratify and adopt the charter of the WHC. The By-Laws was finally approved in the year 2005 in Cape Town, South Africa. As it is, the WHC is the only reliable source of information for a genuine world halal standard and that its members are expected not merely to observe the world standard approved by the General Assembly of the WHC but also to enforce the same within their jurisdiction.
II. Brief Background of Halal Certification:
Halal Certification started in the West in the mid ’60s in the United States by Muslim food and technical experts. It did not actually start in the Muslim countries but it came as a necessity for Muslims living in non-Muslim society such as the United States, Europe and in some parts of Asia and the Pacific. This practical safety measure of Muslims living in non-Muslim societies to preserve their Muslim identity and fulfill their religious obligation became a useful tool to guarantee that the products produced in non-Muslim countries are acceptable to the Muslim world.
When globalization became a direction of the world trading system which removed the barriers from one country and another, there was no more safety device that can prevent the importing country from accepting products from the other for quite some time.
It was observed that the Jewish people which are fewer in numbers than the Muslims are enforcing their religious requirements on products to be acceptable to them through their certification and accreditation called the “kosher”. So Muslims in the United States started to follow the precedent established by the Jews in the U.S. so the establishment of the halal logo, although different from what we have now to those that are considered “halal”.
III. Halal Logo as a Marketing Advantage:
The “halal” logo has therefore become a marketing advantage for the products marketed to the Muslim world and among Muslim communities, including the Jewish communities.
Since Halal Certification is already in place in some advance Muslim societies living in the West importing countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and others can only rely on those certifications made by the accepted credible certifying bodies that were already in place during those times until the passage and inclusion of halal into the United Nations Codex Alimentary in the year 1998 or thereabouts. But even during those times, most Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States and others were merely focused on meat products as an important product to be certified as halal for the reason that the meat halal slaughtering is made mandatory to all Muslims by the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet.
IV. Halal Certification on Food Products:
As a matter of fact, even today, in some Muslim communities among the Arab countries, halal logo to them is important only on meat products. This is of course, was due to their limited understanding of the modern technology in the manufacture of food products. But the use of internet, text messages and the Friday sermons in various mosques everywhere have given the Muslims consciousness of what they should observe. This misunderstanding was changed when some countries like Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Turkey, etc., attended the WHC meetings.
With the enforcement of globalization as a method now acceptable among all countries in the world for trade and business practices, Muslim countries have started to be concerned on processed foods, cosmetics and other personal care products; hence, the necessity of halal certification of all processed foods. As a matter of fact, in some countries in Asia like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei, halal certification on drinking water is already a requirement because there are always critical issues on every product which have to be addressed by a credible body
V. Halal Certification On Non-Food Products, Animal Feeds, Personal Care, Cosmetics, Packaging Materials, Logistic And The Like:
Halal Certification did not stop on the food products. It is also important in non-food products including personal care, utensils, fashion and clothing’s, shoes and the like and lately halal certification is now made mandatory to animal and poultry feeds, packaging materials such as tin cans, drums, plastic bottles and the like which are in contact with the halal quality products. This is because the halal quality products has to be safeguarded from contamination and the principal contaminant of the product other than the raw materials and ingredients, if any, would be the packaging materials which come in contact with it; even the storage facilities, delivery vans and the like.
VI. Halal Certification is now considered – a Certification for quality:
These are actually the reasons why halal certified products have now become a product of high quality. There is no doubt that it would entail additional cost. Certainly, because quality has its own premium and everyone, especially Muslims deserve the premium processing of all that we take as food or use for our existence which means quality system being enforced by qualified halal certifying body. And this is the reason why the general consumers in the West, Europe and America and now in many countries in Asia and Africa are patronizing halal certified products regardless of their religious beliefs, cultures or traditions, thereby making halal certified products as a product of quality, not limited only to Muslims but to all consumers worldwide
VII. IDCP as a Halal Certifying Authority in the Philippines:
Our very own IDCP became a member of the WHC in the year 2000, after its processes, procedure and qualification gained in a global stand.
Although IDCP started as a Da’wah national Islamic Body being registered in 1982 as a religious organization, with its welfare, scholarship, Radio and publication programs nationwide, it started its Halal Certification function in 1987. On July 9, 2003, the Supreme Court issued a judicial Ruling (decree) that IDCP is the official Halal Certifying body to determine products that are acceptable to Muslims everywhere.
It is also the only certifying body in the Philippines which is accepted to authenticate products for the Arab world, U.A.E., K.S.A., Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the only member of the World Halal Council (WHC).
For this reason, our country is now accepted as one of the Halal Producing countries in the world
VII. Market Updates:
The halal requirement was originally thought to be only for Muslims but in reality the Jews are also patronizing halal products because they are also prohibited to consume products which Muslims are also prohibited. Therefore, the general population of the world regardless of their religious belief especially by people who are conscious of their health, or are therefore having dietary programs to maintain good health would prefer halal certified products to those which are not.
The Dubai exhibits estimates halal market to be US$3.2. Trillion dollars annually; whereas, Malaysian experience also estimates on the Malaysia target to be between 500 – 600 million of U.S. dollars annually.
This is because, in reality, halal certification did not stop only on food and non-food products, but it also includes services such as logistics, hotels, restaurants and many others. Unfortunately, despite this abundance of opportunities for halal products, most of us in this country, think of halal business in terms of halal certification, instead of the production of halal raw material and ingredients which could be accepted globally. As a result, we may have many Halal certifiers than the Halal certifiable products.
It is hoped that various departments of our government could really look into the production of halal products and raw materials such as halal certifiable animals like goats, sheep’s, cow, buffalo and others rather than piggery and other non-certifiable products because members of the WHC are always consulted as to where to get abundant supply of halal raw materials such as halal gelatin, medicine, feeds and the like. In fact, we are the one importing these products and raw materials for the processing of our products instead of us producing them.
The World Halal Food Council (WHFC) was born out of an idea of the Assessment Institute for Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. As there are many Halal organizations in the world, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) wanted to bring these organizations together in order to know each other and work together (silaturahhim). With this in mind the LPPOM MUI, in a gathering in the The Hilton Hotel in 1999, founded the World Halal Food Council (WHFC) and chosen Prof. Hj. Aisjah Girindra as its first President. Also agreed to appoint a team consist of Dr Mohamed Sadek from USA, as vice president, Mr. Ali Chawk from Australia as General Secretary and A. Al Chaman from Netherland as treasurer. The mission of the WHFC was to regulate the Halal standard in the Slaughtering Category, Food Processing Category and Flavour Industry Category.
Over the years, there were name changes to the WHFC which resulted in the word “Food” being eliminated and a new title emerged – World Halal Council. In 2007, Prof. Dr. Aisjah Girindra was replaced by Dr. Ir. H.M. Nadratuzzaman Hosen as President who remained in this position until 2009. In the following year, 2010, Dr. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Si, was elected as the new President of the World Halal Council.
On the 23rd June 2011, more than twenty one certifying bodies worldwide have met in Bidakara hotel, Jakarta for two days and agreed after long deliberation to re adopt the original visions, aims and name of the 1999 organisation.
The delegates unanimously agreed to :
Reactivate The World Halal Food Council.
Elected Dr. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Si, Director of LPPOM MUI as The President of WHFC
Register the WHFC in Indonesia
Have its permanent Head office in Jakarta
The WHFC also reaffirmed the aims of the organization which are to safeguard the implementation of Sharia law, maintain the unity and strength of the organization and achieve a unique and global standard.
Members of WHFC