O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. Surah Al-Baqarah [2:168]
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Halal Certification
It is already an accepted fact that Shariah Supervisiory Board, heavily take care of ethical and health values of the products eligible for human consumption. However, we have a vast market of over 1.5 billion consumers scattered all over the globe. With the ever growing demand for certified halal consumer products there is a dire need for the manufacturers to get their products certified in addition to following the quality standards. It will enable them to win the consumer trust both from the Muslim and as well as non-Muslim consumers as it is thoroughly scrutinized from the process flow to ingredients, enough for detecting any doubtful elements.

Certification Categories
“Halal Research Council” provides services globally for scrutinizing, analyzing and testing following products and beyond on the standards defined in Islam for Halal foods.
  • Slaughter Houses (for animals meat)
  • Foods (both raw and processed)
  • Cosmetics and Chemicals

Sub-Services:
  1. Dairy and aquatic Products
  2. Slaughtering process for Halal food
  3. Fat Products
  4. Ingredients
  5. Recipes
  6. Fruits, Flour & Corn Products
  7. Poultry and Livestock Products
  8. Confections
  9. Energy Supplements
  10. Dietetic Foods
  11. Drinks & snacks

Importance’s of Halal Certification:

As Muslims, It is our duty to eat Halal food while in the Holy Quran it has been stressed heavily on consumption of food which fulfills certain criteria eligible to be Halal. Some verses are:
  • “So eat of that (meat) upon which Allah's name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses” (Al-Anaam 6:118)
  • “And do not eat that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed it is a grave disobedience”. (Al-Anaam 6:121)
  • “O Messengers, eat from the pure foods and work righteousness”
    (Al-Mumenoon 23:51)

From Haadiths:
  1. Ka`b Ibn Ujrah relates that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “a body nourished with Haram will not enter Jannah”. (Tirmidhi)
  2. S'ad RA relates: Allah's messenger PBUH said “O S'ad purify your food (and as a result) you will become one who's supplications are accepted. I swear by He in whose hands the soul of Muhammad PBUH lies, verily a servant (of Allah) tosses a Haram morsel in his stomach (due to which) no deed is accepted from him for 40 days” (Tabarani)
  3. Abu Baker RA narrated that Allah's Messenger PBUH said “That body will not enter Paradise which has been nourished with Haram” (Baihaqi)
  4. Jabir RA reported, Allah's Messenger PBUH said, “That flesh will not enter Paradise which has grown from Haram, and all that flesh which has grown from Haram, the fire (of hell) is more worthy of it.” (Ahmed, Darimi, Baihaqi)

Advantages of Halal Certification to the Manufacturers and Producers
:
  • Improvement in brand image by fulfilling different consumer requirements.
  • Prospects of penetrating into a worldwide Halal food market of over 1.5 billion people.
  • A sound edge is attained over the competitors.
  • Strict rules are maintained relating to private sanitation of facilities that in addition to the other obligatory hygienic practices observed on the premises.
  • It is more promotable and marketing is more attractive, with a distinct logo of Halal recognition on all the products.
  • Improvement in the food quality by stringent quality assurance policy as per international standards.
  • Hall insignia is a trustworthy, autonomous and dependable acknowledgment to back Halal food claims.
  • Improved advertisement and acceptance of products in Muslim countries/markets.
 
Process Overview of Halal Certificate
 
 
Explanation of Halal Flow Chart
  • Halal Application From is submitted by Company (as Manufacturer, supplier, distributer or Producer) with following credentials.
  • Company Name
  • Processing and Plant Info
  •  Applicant should submit a list of all products produced by the company
  • In respect of the Product, requested for Halal Certification
    • Nature of Product (Food/Non Food)
    • Brand Name
    • Ingredients with sources
    • Process flow Chart
    • Market and its viability plan
  • When an application is obtained at HRC, the concerned office will screen the documents submitted by applicant. If the documents are fount complete in all respects, the application is ready for further submission at  next stage for scrutiny and audit  otherwise application will be rejected.
  • HRC processing fee charged.
  • First stage in processing is the documents review by Audit Team & Inspection Committee consists of Islamic academician, food scientist, industrial manufacturing specialist ( like Department of Livestock in case of slaughter house)
  • After the first audit and Inspection clearance, documents will be evaluated by Shariah Supervisory Board.
  • After approval from Shariah Supervisory Board, the case is submitted to the Research wing who will extract samples from the product, process and raw materials randomly. The samples so collected are sent to the Inspection Team where these are evaluated in the laboratory. A detailed report is prepared by the Research wing considering all the details submitted so far and the laboratory results. They will then submit their report to the subsequently report will be forwarded to the Audit and Inspection Committee.
  • If the Committee clears the report, the report will be submitted to Shariah Supervisiory Board for Halal Fatwa.
  • This Board will decide the Halal status, if the product qualifies for it.
  • Halal certificate will be issued for a period of 1 year during which the entire process will remain subject to review and observation as  and when felt appropriate by the Audit and Inspection Committee during the currency of that period.
 
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