Halal in-flight caterer rolls out warewashing machine





The Sertu Warewash Machine can clean 500,000 pieces of airline tableware and cutlery daily.

The Sertu Warewash Machine can clean 500,000 pieces of airline tableware and cutlery daily.

Brahim’s SATS Food Services (BSFS) has introduced its Sertu Warewash Machine which can wash more than 500,000 pieces of airline tableware and cutlery.

The machine, deemed to be the first in the world, is syariah-compliant to ensure airline passengers, especially Muslim travellers, can use tableware and cutlery with peace of mind while enjoying their halal in-flight meals.

The company, which has the biggest, fully halal-certified flight kitchen in Asia, is leveraging on its halal core competency through its Halal Excellence Centre and Halal Innovation Technology.

“We are committed to ensuring halal compliance,” said Brahim’s Holdings Bhd executive chairman and Brahim’s Halal Excellence Centre chairman Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ahmad.

“We created an innovation of ‘sertu’ application to daily wash more than 500,000 pieces of airline tableware and cutlery from inbound international flights that have been used to serve non-halal meals, to be washed and cleansed through a ‘clay-wash process’ before being reused for the next flights.

“The application of ‘sertu’ washing was introduced and used in MAS Catering Sdn Bhd in 1998.

“For more effective and efficient cleansing of the used crockery and cutlery, an Innovation Team was formed in 2011 comprising Jakim Syariah experts to examine the normal industrial washer and make necessary modifications to conform to halal cleansing principles of ‘one clay wash followed by six times rinsing with fresh clean water (mutlaq)’.

“A prototype was made in Germany and tested there for compliance by a team of halal experts from Jakim,” Ibrahim said.

He said Brahim’s had invested about RM7mil for the development and production of six units of the German-made warewash machine.