“Halal” is a Quranic term which means “permitted or lawful” (Right in the eyes of Islamic law). It is used in relation to food and other consumable items permissible and used by Muslims on the basis of Islamic law named “Shariah”.
Halal is the new benchmark for quality which ensures that any food consumed or any business started by Muslims in their daily lives is clean, hygienic and not injurious to the health of the Muslims. These products have universal standards and they are suitable not only for Muslims but also for everyone. Halal certified products are also defined as a mark of high quality, honesty, safety, hygienic and having high concern for animal welfare. Cleanliness in all aspects of a person is the main objective of Halal.
Halal certified products are traded internationally to different countries and have met internationally accepted standards in production and hygiene. Because of increasing demand of Halal certified products, many more businesses are exploring halal certification for their products, restaurants etc.
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Types of Halal Certification
The type of halal certification varies on the basis of the nature of the business. Halal certification is obtained for slaughtering houses, restaurants, hotels, packaging and labelling materials to ensure that they are clean, hygienic and safe to be visited or used by Muslim consumers.
Halal certification is not only provided in case of food production. Non-alcohol beverages, pharmaceutical & health care products, raw materials needed in food processing, cleaning products, traditional herbal products, cosmetic & personal care products and daily consumable products can also obtain Halal certificate from Halal certified bodies.
Different types of halal certifications are as follows –
Food beverage & catering scheme
Warehouse & storage scheme
Product endorsement scheme
Halal Certification Procedure
The Halal certification procedure has 3 stages and are as follows –
Stage 1 – Send the application
In the first stage, any business who wants to obtain Halal certification must contact Halal certified bodies. Any business applying for Halal certification must be aware and compliant with the Halal requirements, Halal system requirements, and Halal staffing requirements.
Stage 2 – Conduct Audit
In the second stage, the application is received by the Halal certified body and all the information mentioned in the application is verified by them. As per the procedure defined, one Shariah auditor and one technical auditor will visit your business location for the inspection purpose. The auditors will audit your place and check whether the raw material used or products you are making are compliant with the halal requirements or not.
The auditors audit the following areas for Halal certification –
- Storage, display and product serving.
- Processing, handling and product distribution.
- Cleanliness, sanitary and food safety.
- Tools, apparatus and machines.
- Overall aspects of the premises.
- Packaging & labelling
At the time of audit, business might have to provide criteria of acceptance of raw materials, analysis certificate and Halal certificate of individual ingredient. After the completion of audit, an audit report will be prepared and signed by both the parties.
Step 3 – Certification
After the audit completion, a technical committee will sit and review the documents submitted by the business and the audit report prepared by the auditors. If the audit report is found satisfactory and the business or products are compliant with the Halal certification requirements or criteria, Halal certificate is issued by the Halal certified body. The average cost of Halal certification in India is Rs.50000. The fees may vary among the Halal certification bodies. Therefore, it is better that you check the fees with the halal certified body before applying for Halal certification.
Halal Certified bodies
There are certain bodies which provide Halal certification in India.
Some of them are listed below –
- Halal certification services India private limited
- Halal India private limited
- Jamiat Ulama-E-maharashtra - a state unit of Jamiat Ulama E-Hind.
- Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust.
Halal certification bodies are made to audit & ensures the following –
- The business should not contain anything which is impure as per Shariah law.
- According to Shariah law, the business should not prepare process or manufacture anything using the impure instrument.
- The business should not consists or contain any part of an animal that is prohibited by Muslims to consume or that has not been slaughtered as per Shariah Law.
- The food prepared, processed or stored should not be in close proximity or contact to any food which is impure as per Shariah law or fails to satisfy above three conditions.
Benefits of Halal certification
There are many benefits of Halal certification and they are as follows –
- It gives you opportunity to make your products or business marketable to over 2 billion peoples (Middle East, Asia pacific, EU, LATAM, Central Asia and USA) all over the world.
- It improves the food quality of the product and converts it into global standards.
- It improves the food preparation hygiene system of your company.
- It strengthens your product marketability in Muslim countries/ markets.
- High revenue by making a small investment.
- 200% profit and a greater market share.
- Halal logo on your products will differentiate your products from others and can increase your sales throughout the world.