KUALA LUMPUR: A “uniform halal standard” is vital to cater to the increased number of market participants in the industry not only from Muslim countries but non-Muslim countries as well.
Initially, halal used to be related to only food consumed by Muslims that is required to be free from pork and alcohol.
However, today, the word halal has been given an extensive meaning and standard.
Shapers Malaysia Sdn Bhd conference director Abdalhamid David Evans said the halal ecosystem under the Islamic economy had moved from just covering food to finance, travel, cosmetics and personal care.
“We are now moving into entertainment, digital economy and modest fashion, creating an US$8tril (RM29tril) market value,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the recently-ended Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2015 (Mihas) yesterday.
Realising this, Abdalhamid called on Muslim leaders to identify solutions in every mechanism in halal development and certification and to start engaging all those thoughts with people around the world.
He said this was necessary to avoid confusion in the industry because there were different schools of Islamic thought. — Bernama
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