OSTA - Halal Food Certification

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Halal Food Market : 

Halal Food Market Presented by Abdelsalam El-Farra International Trade Specialist Processed Products and Technical Regulations Div Office of Scientific and Technical Affairs/FAS United States Department of Agriculture Tel: (202) 720-2141 E-mail: Abdelsalam.El-Farra@fas.usda.gov

Global Halal Certification Issues : 

Global Halal Certification Issues The definition of Halal related to slaughtering of animals is not consistent due to differences in the four major Fuqah schools “madhabs” in Islam; Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali . Currently no globally recognized process production methods or common labeling system for all Halal products. Country-by-country differences in Halal methods and standards have created difficulties for manufacturers, producers, and consumers. The introduction of Halal logos by some individual firms pose unique challenges. Lack of enforcement by authorities with regards to the misuse of Halal labels and logos globally.

Divisions of Islam : 

Divisions of Islam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divisions_of_Islam

The Four Major Schools of Thought in Islam : 

The Four Major Schools of Thought in Islam

Differences in Slaughtering requirements in 4 School of thoughts (Mazhabs) : 

Differences in Slaughtering requirements in 4 School of thoughts (Mazhabs)

Differences in Processed food products in 4 School of thoughts (Mazhabs) : 

Differences in Processed food products in 4 School of thoughts (Mazhabs)

Examples of differences of opinion in Halal RequirementsHanafi madhab and Shafi’i madhab : 

Examples of differences of opinion in Halal RequirementsHanafi madhab and Shafi’i madhab Liquid flavors containing alcohol such as natural vanilla are Halal Gelatin is acceptable for consumption (Halal) Rennet and other animal-based enzymes that come from unslaughtered animals are Halal Anything which contains alcohol is not Halal Gelatin is forbidden if it comes from animals that are not Halal Rennet and other animal-based enzymes that come from unslaughtered animals are not Halal NOTE: There are more than 50 Halal standards in around 20 countries

CODEX Halal Standard : 

CODEX Halal Standard

Codex Alimentarius Commission Halal Guideline Standard(GAC/GL 24-1997) : 

Codex Alimentarius Commission Halal Guideline Standard(GAC/GL 24-1997) Codex Halal standard acknowledged that minor differences exist in opinion in interpretation of lawful and unlawful animals and in the slaughter act, according to different Islamic Schools of Thought. However, the certificates granted by the religious authorities of the exporting country should be accepted in principle by the importing country, except when the latter provides justification for other specific requirements. (Codex ALINORM 97/22 APPENDIX III) Codex guidelines apply to the use of the term “Halal” and equivalent terms in claims on any food label. 4.2 states … Halal should not be used in ways that could give rise to doubt about the safety of similar foods or claims that Halal foods are nutritionally superior to, or healthier than, other foods. (Codex ALINORM 97/22 APPENDIX III)

U.S. Halal Food 3rd Party Certification : 

U.S. Halal Food 3rd Party Certification

U.S. Federal Agencies can not issue Halal Export Certificates : 

U.S. Federal Agencies can not issue Halal Export Certificates

United States of AmericaHow Halal Certification is done! : 

United States of AmericaHow Halal Certification is done! The USDA / FSIS is not involved in Halal certification. U.S. companies interested in obtaining Halal certification can contact one of the 3rd party Islamic Center certification bodies approved by the importing country. Certification procedures are dependent on the importing country’s specified Halal standard and other requirements (e.g. production, process, verification procedures) provided to the recognized certifing authority.

United States of AmericaA Major Halal Food International Player : 

United States of AmericaA Major Halal Food International Player USDA and Codex have established guidelines for the use of Halal labeling. In addition to Federal guidelines, select states (New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, California) have passed Halal Food Labeling Laws to further protect the Halal consumer from fraudulent activity. U.S. sales and interest in the production of Halal food have increased by more than 70% since 1995. Source: Agri-Food Trade Service and HALAL DIGEST

Sample List of approved Islamic Organizations by Malaysia for imported beef and poultry from USA : 

Sample List of approved Islamic Organizations by Malaysia for imported beef and poultry from USA Islamic Organizations and Individuals for Halal Certification GAIN Report - MY6042 Malaysia

Some Foods have been labeled both Organic and Halal : 

Some Foods have been labeled both Organic and Halal

American Halal FoodHapple Brand Halal Organic Pies : 

American Halal FoodHapple Brand Halal Organic Pies Certified organic pies are loaded with real fruit, not slurry. The pies come in 4 different flavors: Pumpkin, Apple, Blueberry and Cherry. Midamar is happy to carry these items because the pies have absolutely NO Trans-fats, NO Gelatin and NO Lard in the ingredients. These pies are made from 100% Spelt flour for customers allergic to Wheat.

Conclusion : 

Conclusion

Conclusion: Current Codex Halal Guidelines Lack(CAC/GL 24-1997) : 

Conclusion: Current Codex Halal Guidelines Lack(CAC/GL 24-1997) Globally accepted Certification basics such as: Development of a Mandatory Halal Systems Plan Covering Production and Handling requirements Based on Applicable School of Through: Specific requirements that must be followed in the production, preparation, storage and handling of Halal food, including requirements related to slaughter such as: General Prohibition on Production and Handling Materials Other specific justifiable requirements. Requirements for Mandatory Verification Processes Through On-Site Third-party Inspections and audits Current discussion underway in CCFICS, CCFL set the stage.

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