HALAL CERTIFICATION FOR FOOD INDUSTRY
WHY DOES A FOOD COMPANY NEED HALAL CERTIFICATION?
There are over 8 million Muslim consumers in USA and they would like to see Halal symbols on food products just like Kosher symbols. Not all Kosher certified products are considered Halal because differences in religious dietary laws. There are very few food products with Halal symbols on the packages are available in regional supermarkets but not nationally.
Halal certified food products and ingredients help many food companies to increase their annual sales. Many Muslim countries require that all food products and ingredients exporting to their countries have to be Halal certified.
WHAT IS HALAL
Those foods products and ingredients which are lawful to consume according to Islamic dietary laws are called Halal for example fruits, vegetable and fish.
WHAT IS HARAM
Those food products and ingredients which are prohibited to consume are called Haram for example pork and pork by-product, lard, blood and alcoholic beverages.
WHAT IS ZABIHA SLAUGHTERED MEAT
Meat from cow, lamb, goat, chicken and turkey is considered Zabiha if those animals are slaughtered by a Muslims by following Islamic slaughtering rules and procedures. Some Muslims also called it Halal meat.
MCG'S HALAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Raw material, processing aid ingredients, processing, sanitation chemicals and packaging should meet the Islamic dietary requirements.
- MCG will not consider a natural or artificial flavor as Halal if ethyl alcohol is used as a solvent or carrier and if the flavoring ingredients are not from Halal source.
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HALAL CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE
- Please fill out the application form online or obtained through e-mail or fax.
- Initial discussion on phone about the Halal requirements, plant inspection, explanation about the steps involve in Halal certification, discussion about your products, marketing area, raw material, processing aid ingredients, your HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) program, Recall procedure, packaging materials, warehouse and sanitation materials including the Master Sanitation schedule and POG (Process Operating Guidelines) for Halal certified food products.
- If your products pass the Halal requirements then a contract is signed including number of inspection per year, record keeping, and number of products to be Halal certified and service fees for Halal certification.