Halal Industry

Halal industry wrap: Tatarstan mulls establishing first halal laboratory

Here's a roundup of key developments across the halal industry ecosystem during the month of November

Editor's note: There is considerable activity in the halal space across Muslim-majority countries, and rightfully so. But it is rather encouraging to see significant strides in countries where Muslims are not numbered as an easy majority. 

A conference in Brazil highlighted the country's growing might in the halal foods space. There are deliberations of establishing a halal laboratory in Tatarstan, a Russian republic, while Philippines is actively encouraging global Muslim investors to establish halal businesses in the country.


Trade Developments

United Kingdom
London welcomes World Halal Business Conference Circuit 2023
The WHBC Circuit 2023 London, focusing on "Halal Opportunities in a Borderless World," commenced with an address by the Malaysian deputy prime minister Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The event explores global halal business trends, challenges, and emerging opportunities.  (PR Newswire)

Continued demand for Brazilian halal products worldwide 
The Halal do Brasil Day, organized by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, ApexBrasil, ABIEC, and ABPA, showcased Brazil's rising prominence in the global halal market during the Anuga Halal Conference.

Representatives emphasized the growing popularity of Brazilian halal products worldwide, attracting a diverse customer base and reinforcing Brazil's position as a major exporter of certified foods. (Zawya)

Philippines promote Mindanao’s unique halal cuisine
The Philippines aims to showcase the culinary richness of the southern island of Mindanao, particularly focusing on the diverse and flavorful Muslim Mindanao food.

Myra Paz Abubakar, the Department of Tourism's undersecretary for Muslim affairs, expresses the nation's eagerness to promote Mindanao's distinctive halal cuisine.  (Global Village Space)

Peru / Malaysia
Malaysia to facilitate halal products certification for Peru
Peruvian President Dina Ercilia Boluarte Zegarra has urged Malaysia to establish an office in Peru for expediting the halal certification of Peruvian products.

Prime Minister Seri Anwar Ibrahim confirmed his agreement to facilitate Peru's request promptly. The decision was made following a bilateral meeting between the leaders on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. (The Borneo Post)

BPJPH Signs Mutual Recognition Agreement with 37 Foreign Halal Institutions
The Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH) of the Religious Affairs Ministry has inked a mutual recognition agreement with 37 foreign halal institutions.

The signing took place on the second day of the H20 Halal World 2023 event in Jakarta. (Tempo)


Iran / Indonesia
Iran, Indonesia to expand cooperation in halal standards
The heads of Iran's Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (INSO) and Indonesia's National Standardization Agency (BSN) have agreed to enhance collaboration in the halal sector.

During the 18th General Assembly Meeting of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) in Saudi Arabia, INSO's Mehdi Eslam-Panah noted Indonesia's significant experience in the halal industry, considering its sizable Muslim population. (Tehran Times)

Tatarstan mulls first halal laboratory 
The Muslim Spiritual Board of the Republic of Tatarstan is in discussions about establishing the first halal laboratory, adhering to religious rules to address recent cases of pig DNA detection in halal products.

The proposal involves conducting experiments by taking samples directly at the production site rather than in retail outlets, ensuring greater accuracy and reliability.

Manufacturers are reportedly supportive of this approach, expressing a commitment to uncovering the truth about the halal status of their products. (Realnoe Vremya)

SFA focuses on halal meat certification
The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is set to collaborate with religious scholars to implement halal meat certification, as announced by the authority's director general, Agha Fakhr Hussain.

During a visit to the Jamia Tur Rasheed campus in Ahsanabad, Hussain expressed appreciation for the institution's efforts to provide students with both religious education and modern knowledge.

A meeting between the SFA and religious scholars is planned to outline the details of their cooperation. (The Nation)

Azerbaijan adopts state standard for halal medicines
The Azerbaijan Institute of Standardization (AZSTAND), under the Ministry of Economy, has approved the state standard AZS OIC/SMIIC 50-1:2023, titled "Halal medicines - part 1 - general requirements."

This standard outlines fundamental requirements for the production and transportation of halal medicines, aligning with Islamic principles. (Azernews)

UP bans sale Of halal-certified products 
The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a ban on products carrying a halal certification, prohibiting their production, storage, distribution, and sale, with immediate effect.

The state government announced that strict legal measures will be taken against individuals or firms involved in the halal-certified of medicines, medical devices, and cosmetics within Uttar Pradesh. (NDTV)

First ever policy on halal certification comes to light
The Bangladeshi government has introduced a halal certification policy to facilitate the local production and marketing of Shariah-compliant foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.

According to the policy issued by Bangladesh Islamic Foundation (BIF), businesses involved in producing, exporting, and importing goods marketed as halal will now require certification and an associated logo. (Halal Focus)


Muslim investors invited to establish halal businesses in Philippines
The Philippines is actively encouraging global Muslim investors to establish halal businesses in the country, aiming to position itself as an Asia-Pacific hub for the halal industry.

At the Philippine Halal Economy Festival in Manila, the Department of Trade and Industry announced this initiative to tap into the estimated $7 trillion global halal market. (Arab News)