KUCHING: Trading premises must have their own halal certificate in addition to displaying a copy of their slaughterhouse’s.
Sarawak Islamic Department’s (Jais) halal development unit head Siti Asmah Ahmad said premises without their own halal certificate were considered non-halal.
She said halal certificates of slaughterhouses only showed that the slaughterhouses complied with the necessary requirements, and had nothing to do with the trading premises selling their products.
Speaking to reporters after a sting operation around the city yesterday, she said: “What we see during the operation today is that several premises selling frozen goods like chicken are misusing the halal certificate (of the slaughterhouses).”
“Customers should realise that the address on the certificate should tally with the premises, not the slaughterhouses, unless the slaughterhouse itself is the premises selling the chicken.
“Even then there has to be a separate certification for the slaughterhouse issued by the Veterinary Department,” she explained.
Siti Asmah said the same applied to franchises, where not only the main premises needed to be halal-certified but the outlets as well.
She said as of this year, there had been no court cases of halal certificate abuse as Jais was still conducting its investigation, including on the four premises busted at yesterday’s operation, held together with the Veterinary Department, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Department, Customs Department and police.
Temporary action taken against the errand premises and traders included taking down their halal logos and billboards, and the copies of the halal certificate confiscated.
“Only the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and Jais can issue halal certificates. If found guilty of abusing the certificates, a penalty of RM100,000 for individual, or RM250,000 for a company, would be imposed.
“If they (premises) are halal-certified but found to be non-halal, a penalty of RM1mil under the department’s Perintah Perihal Dagangan (Takrif Halal) 2011 would be imposed,” said Siti Asmah.
She added that consumers should take note that halal products, even frozen goods and chicken, should be properly packaged and the details of the products and their origin should be properly labelled.