According to the Trade Description Order (Usage of the Term “Halal”) 1975, the terms Halal can be defined as follows:
When the term is used in relation to food in any form whatsoever, in the process of trade or commerce as an aspect of trading or part of an aspect of trading for the referred food, the terms ‘Halal’, ‘Guaranteed Halal’ or ‘Muslim Food’ or any other terms that may be used to indicate or may be understood as meaning to indicate as permissible to be consumed by Muslims and allowed in their religion for the referred food to be consumed, must therefore mean the following, that is, the food for which such terms are being used:
- Does not stem from or consists of any part of or item from animals that are forbidden to Muslims by Islamic law, or animals that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic law.
- Does not contain any substance that is considered impure in Islamic law.
- Is not prepared, processed or manufactured using equipment or utensils that are not free from impurities as defined by Islamic law
- That, in the preparation, processing or storage stage, does not come in contact with or is stored near any kind of food that does not meet the requirements of para(s) (a), (b) or (c) or any substances that are considered impure by Islamic law.
Malaysia is one of five government that takes the initiative in realizing the dream of establishing Malaysia as the center of halal food. Halal Certification helps local Muslims to decide what kind of products they should buy. As there are quite a number of products marketed, it is difficult for the Muslim to know what the source of products is and how their products was produced/ processed. Therefore, a Halal Certification Scheme that can ensure the products meeting the requirements of being Halal is essential. In Malaysia, Halal Certification is carried out by Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and all States Department of Religious Affairs (JAIN).
In order to do so, National Industrial Standardization Committee (JAKIM as the Chairman for the Technical Committee) has developed standards that are related to Halal matters (ISC I) such as ‘Halal Food: Production, Preparation, Handling and Storage – General Guide (MS 1500:2009) etc. This standard contains practical guidelines for the food industry on the preparation and handling of halal food (including nutrient enhancers). It aims to set the ground rules for food products or food businesses in Malaysia. It will be used by JAKIM as the basis for certification whilst other requirements will also be taken into account to complete the certification process.
Currently, Malaysia Halal Certification Scheme is divided into:
- Food Product/ Beverages/ Food Supplement
- Food Premise/ Hotel
- Consumer Goods
- Cosmetic and Personal Care
In JasCal Management & Consultancy, we are providing the service to assist our clients in applying Halal Certification for their products and services.