JOHOR BARU: Only a total of 168 halal certificates have been issued to eateries offering Ramadan buffets in the state.
Johor Religious Department (JAIJ) halal management unit assistant director Mohd Mahzan Ibrahim said many eateries tried to take advantage of the fasting month by offering Ramadan buffets without halal certification.
“Only restaurants or eateries provided with the halal certification can put up promotional banners pertaining to Ramadan buffets,” he said during an operation here recently.
Mohd Mahzan said that it was an offence for eateries without proper certification to display banners or other promotional material pertaining to Ramadan buffets.
“Those found flouting the regulations could be charged under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.
“Those found guilty of the offence could be compounded up to RM500,000,” he said.
He added that although no eatery had been found guilty of the offence as yet, officials from the department would be conducting random checks throughout the Ramadan period.
“A total of eight agencies involving about 72 officials have been roped in to conduct the operations,” he said.