INTERNATIONAL Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said the Government plans to make Malaysia a regional halal product and services hub.
Towards this end, she said a technical committee was established at the ministry to co-ordinate and streamline procedures on the certification of halal products and services.
It also involves the use of the halal logo as well as conformity to international food safety standard and requirement, she said at the Miti annual dialogue yesterday.
The halal industry standard committee is in the final stage of preparing general guidelines on the production, preparation, handling and storage of halal food, she said.
The Malaysian Standard on halal food was expected to be completed in the middle of this year, she said.
Rafidah said several locations had been identified to be developed as halal food processing centres, mainly in Pulau Indah in Selangor, Pedas in Negri Sembilan, Gambang in Pahang, Serkam in Malacca, Pantai Remis in Perak and Paya Pahlawan in Kedah.
The centres in Selangor and Kedah have started operations. Bernama