IS HALAAL ONLY FOR MUSLIMS OR FOR ALL?
This is popular misconception that holds no truth. Like any other system, Halaal also brings with it benefits of purification and goodness for all communities and peoples without compromising the ultimate benefits to society as a whole. Halaal translated means permitted and is important to Muslims as part of faith.
WHY A FEE FOR HALAAL CERTIFICATON?
Like any other certification this too has a management cost involved. For example quality standard, system standard and risk management standard certification when obtained involves logistical, communication, human resources and other expenses to be costed and charged to the organization. Similarly, ACJU also maintains an office in the city of Colombo, with a dedicated team of Ulama, inspectors, administrators, auditors and also monitors based at many of the certified plants. Costs are incurred for auditors and inspectors who travel thousands of Kilometers annually to monitor and audit maintenance of Halaal standards. Other support services such as our publications, dedicated national Helpline and consumer desk are constantly sustained. International practices and trends are observed by way of participating in seminars and hosting of workshops.
Meanwhile, understanding its services to society, the ACJU has developed a concessionary fee structure to help those businesses that can’t afford the standard costs.
IS HALAAL A LOCAL OR GLOBAL CONCEPT?
Halaal is truly a worldwide concept that is growing in popularity and requirement. Organizations such as IFANCA (USA), Halaal Control (Germany), JAKIM (Malaysia), MUIS (Singapore), HMC (UK), AFCAI (France), HFFIA (Netherlands), FIANZ (New Zealand), The Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (Thailand), Jamiat-E-Ulama- Hind (India), SANHA (South Africa) etc are testimony to this.
The worldwide market for Halaal products has reached US $560 billion by 2010 in terms of the revenue generated by certified products. In Sri Lanka, by 2011, approximately 4000 products have been certified in 145 companies.