Halal food certifications and their role in protecting the consumers: Insight from Malaysia




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Osama M. Ben Lagha


The current demand for Halal food and Halal ingredients is approximately at USD1.2 trillion and is estimated to increase to USD1.7 trillion in 2025. There is a shortage in the supply of Halal food ingredients due to the problems of their authentication and traceability especially for the undeclared processing aids. Development of traceability and certification systems for Halal food and their ingredients is crucial for the food industries to meet Halal compliance requirements. Halal food certification is an important tool for Halal food market. Halal certification is presented by certificates and logos or trademark that are printed on the product which indicate that certain food meets Halal regulations. The certificate and logos are granted after extensive inspections from a legitimate Islamic certification authority around the world and ensure foods are prepared according to the Shariah principles. Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) which is the Malaysian Halal certification authority is the only governmental authority in the world, while other certification bodies and individually operated. This study aims to highlight the role of JAKIM in protecting the Malaysian consumers and ensure compliance with Halal regulations, moreover its certification enables companies to export to Malaysia successfully.



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