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Halal is a term from the Quran meaning “lawful” or “permitted”. Therefore, in reference to food, Halal is employed for food and other consumables that are permissible for consumption and employed by Muslims, based on Islamic law, the Shariah.
The Halal certificate is a type of document which ensures that the products and services aimed towards the Islamic population meet the requirements of Shariah and therefore are suitable for consumption in both Muslim-majority countries and within the Western countries where there is a big population group who follows Islam (France, Germany, UK, Spain).
Halal certification may be a process that ensures the features and quality of the products consistent with the principles established by the Islamic Council that allow the utilization of the mark Halal. It’s mainly applied to meat products and other food products like milk, canned foods, and additives. Especially, for meat products, Halal certifies that the animals that were slaughtered in a single cut, thoroughly bled, and their meat hasn’t been in touch with animals slaughtered otherwise and, especially, with pork. Products that are Halal certified are often marked with a Halal symbol, or just the letter M (as the letter K is employed to spot kosher products for Jewish population).
How to Get Halal Certification in India
Halal Certification is given by Halal Certification Bodies of India. There are various Halal Bodies and a couple of of the Halal Bodies in India are listed below:
- Halal India Private Limited
- Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust
- Halal Certification Services India Private Limited
- Jamiat Ulama-E-Maharashtra – a State unit of Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind
Businesses wishing to get Halal certification in India can approach any of the above Certification Bodies for obtaining Halal certification. While providing Halal certification, a competent authority audits the business.
Types of Halal Certification
Based on the character of the business, the sort of Halal certification varies. Halal Certification can usually be obtained from Halal Certification Bodies – broadly under the subsequent schemes:
- Food, Beverage and Catering Scheme
- Restaurant Scheme
- Industrial Scheme
- Product Endorsement Scheme
- Abattoir Scheme
- Warehouse or Storage Scheme
Halal Certification Procedure
- Step 1: Application– The business wishing to get Halal Certification must apply to one of the Certification Bodies.
- Step 2: Audit- Once the application information is verified, Auditors (usually one Technical Auditor and one Shariah Auditor) visits the business for inspection. The Auditors will verify certain areas that are acceptable for Halal Certification
- Step 3: Certification- Once the Halal audit is complete, a Technical Committee will review the documents submitted by the business and therefore the audit report submitted by the Auditors. Halal Certification on the average costs an amount of about Rs.50,000 in India.
Benefits of Halal Certification:
- Easy access to the market of Muslim countries
- HALAL requires safety and hygiene which is vital to the third party
- Competitive advantage in the export market
- Listing of your company in the worldwide directory