About Halal

About Halal.

Halal means “the way“.  It is a term designating any object or action that is permissible to use or engage in according to Islamic law.

Malaysia Halal Logo.

On 1st January 1997, in line with the country’s steadfast Islamic development and progress, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) was established by the Government of Malaysia as a coordinating body of halal certification in Malaysia and had introduced the standard Halal Malaysia logo, which is intended to answer the most frequently asked questions and misconception in regards to halal certification.

This logo carries the word halal in Arabic and the “Malaysia” is written in Roman. The main objective of this logo standardization is to abolish the use of fake certificates and any other halal logos, which are not certified by authorizing bodies.

The use of the halal logo has changed rapidly. It has become a necessity for producers in today’s consumer-driven market.  We cannot separate halal from its source and origin. Only consumers who exercise their rights will choose halal product and services, which are assured from the aspects of safety and cleanliness, in line with the motto “Halal Malaysia, the Choice of Assurance”.

Malaysia Halal Certification.

Malaysia’s Halal certification is recognised worldwide among Muslim and Non-Muslim countries. It is of ISO compliant standard – MS1500: 2004 – Standard for the Production, Handling and Storage of Halal food, developed by the Department of Standard Malaysia. The standard complies with international standards such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Hygiene Practice (GHP).

Malaysia also has a balanced knowledge of both Islamic tenets and other areas including technological development and sciences, particularly food sciences, biochemistry and microbiology as well as in business management.

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) has resumed the responsibility as the Halal Certification body effective from 1 August 2009.

Jakim also recognizes foreign halal certification bodies to ensure the halal status of imported products, including raw materials and additives.

Today, JAKIM had recognized 51 halal certification bodies from 25 nations. In fact, in 2010 alone, Jakim has received 13 new applications from foreign certification bodies.

Halal Worldwide Certification Body by Malaysia as at June 2011

For any other related information, please visit;
http://www.islam.gov.my/en/about-jakim or http://www.halaljakim.gov.my/

Thailand Halal Logo.

Halal Food Market is regarded as the key target since it serves more than 1,800 million of Muslims consumers worldwide. With an aim to promote Halal food industry as the whole chain, the Thai government led by Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra, the Prime minister of Thailand has established various organizations such as the Islamic Bank of Thailand, the Institute for Halal Food Standard of Thailand, the Halal Science Center as well as the Halal Food Industrial Estate in Pattani province in order to empower Thailand’s competitiveness as one of the Halal Food Hub of the region.

Historically, Halal food affairs in Thailand have been undertaken for more than 50 years. The Central Islamic Committee of Thailand and The Provincial Islamic Committee are authorized to act as the principle bodies of Halal food certification.

In 2003, the organization was restructured towards establishing a special body as so called “ The Institute for Halal Food Standard of Thailand (Halal-Thai)” under supervision of the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand, this Institute works through the Executive Committee composed of Islamic scholars, high experienced professionals and experts in various fields with potential teamwork with doctorate, master and bachelor degree to create the best performance as to attain the Institute ‘s vision.

The Halal-Thai is a national agency engaged in standard development, screening, monitoring, verification and tracing of all Halal food to be in accordance with Islamic law (Shariah) as well as internationally accepted and reliable food standards (Codex, HACCP and GMP)

Regarding the promotion of Thailand as one of the leader in Halal food market, the Halal-Thai acts as a key player in developing the Thai Halal certification system to comply to Islamic law as well as to those internationally standards leading to the credibility and acceptance of both domestic and foreign consumers

With regard to personnel management, The Halal-Thai has performed human resource planning and developing schemes to adequately support the demand for certification grant throughout the country

Apart from the above-mentioned, the main duties of the Halal-Thai include tracing, investigating, verification, and monitoring of all food products and training throughout the country in order to harmonize the system based on compatible standard and meet the Halal food requirement and quality.

With commitment of all sectors to strengthen Thailand’s competitiveness, the Halal-Thai commits to the reliability and credibility in Halal food certification along with close collaboration with both diverse concerned private and public agencies particularly the Halal Science Center regarding as the first one of the world, founded at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, to work in the application of science and technology in food analysis and with full support from the government, it is ensured that Halal food system in Thailand will be gracefully stand on the world stage graining the trust and confidence in physical and spiritual safety for all Muslim and non-Muslim consumers all over the world.

For further related information, please visit;

1. About Thailand Halal Logo | http://www.himayah.net/v2/node/42
2. For Halal Standard Certification Process | http://www.acfs.go.th/halal/pdf/Halal%20Product.pdf
3. Department of Halal Affair | http://www.halal.or.th/en/main/index.php
4. The Halal Science Centre Chulalongkorn University | http://www.halalscience.org/en/main2011/content.php?page=sub&category=33&id=207
5. Regulation of the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand Regarding Halal Affair Operation of B.E. 2552 | http://www.foodsafety-lcfa.com/web/uploadfiles/pdf/Argiculture/Halal_regulation.pdf

Out there is a lot more of Halal references with different category of use and practice on the net.  If you know something which wills benefits to other, post your comment here.


Faharul Radzi.



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