NEW rules to be introduced next month will help ensure that Muslims in Guangzhou will be able to eat more authentic halal food.
The rules, or Guangzhou Islamic Food Administration Regulations, will come into effect on June 10.
The new regulations require that both the managerial staff and employees of lower levels of a halal food supplier should include Muslims who eat this food and that only these people would be allowed to run businesses selling halal food.
The regulations also highlight the requirement that halal food suppliers should take concrete measures to ensure the authenticity of raw materials and bring the production, packaging, transportation and sales of halal food.
With the new regulations coming into effect, Muslims will be better protected from unauthentic halal foods, Vice-Mayor Su Zequn said.
It is not a rare case for Muslims to inadvertently buy unauthentic food due to a lack of such regulations, he added.
Wang Dekun, director-general of the Guangzhou Ethical and Religious Affairs Administration, said local authorities have made great efforts to ensure the adequate supply of halal food and to help the operations of Islamic restaurants.
Official statistics indicate that Guangzhou has more than 100 outlets either supplying halal food or running restaurants, and the city's Muslim population is over 10,000. China Daily
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