IPOH: Food products carrying certificates or labels denoting they are halal must have the endorsement of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) under a ruling to be enforced soon.
Such certificates include the ISI 2020, a standard label issued by the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association, in collaboration with a special panel under the Organisation of Islamic Conference.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government would decide on the standardisation of halal certificates and labels and would enforce the ruling once this was done.
He said the approved certificates were expected to be introduced before the end of the year.
After that only products that are certified halal by Jakim will be marketed in the country.
The ruling will also apply to halal products meant for export and those imported, he said after opening a seminar on halal product awareness, organised by the Perak branch of the Malaysian Malay Chamber of Commerce here, yesterday.
Muhyiddin said the Trade Description Act 1972 would be amended to ensure all manufacturers adhered to the ruling.
He added that the respective state governments had agreed in principle to have a centralised body to manage and supervise the issuance of halal certificates.
We need to get their endorsement because the halal issue is a religious matter, he said.
In his speech, Muhyiddin urged more manufacturers to venture into producing halal products in view of its vast potential.
He said demand for halal products was increasing and the sales amount worldwide was estimated to be RM1.32tril.
In 2005, the demand is expected to increase to RM1.74tril, he added.
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