Jakim to beef up halal SOP for imported goods

KOTA BARU: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) will tighten enforcement and standard operating procedures (SOP) for halal certification for imported goods, including meat brought in by cartels.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Ahmad Marzuk Shaary said this was to ensure that everyone, especially Muslims, could obtain halal and clean food based on Islamic rulings.

“God willing, with it (the meat cartel scandal) being exposed, the government, including Jakim, will improve the SOP and monitoring for compliance and, if needed, increase its (Jakim’s) manpower, ” he told reporters after attending the Pengkalan Chepa-level circumcision ceremony at Dewan Pusat Asuhan Tunas Islam near here yesterday.

The media had reported the cartel’s tactic of smuggling frozen kangaroo and horse meat from certain countries and passing it off as beef

by repackaging the meat and using the halal logo before selling it to supermarkets across Malaysia.

Ahmad Marzuk said Jakim would step up collaboration with the relevant agencies to resolve the issue. — Bernama

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