Overview of HALAL Certification
The term Halal comes from the Arabic language, which means to be 'permitted' or 'lawful' with respect to what is allowed to a practising Muslim as per Islamic laws. Halal Certification is granted to all types of consumables, not just food. The Certification ensures that the commodities are safe and hygienic and that they do not cause harm to the person who consumes them. Halal Certification is essential for various types of businesses for products such as cosmetics, restaurants and pharmaceutical who need to utilise animal products.
Benefits of Obtaining a Halal Certification
There are numerous benefits to obtaining a Halal certification these are:
Halal Certification Bodies in India
The following bodies in India can provide a Halal certification to a business in India:
Types of Halal Certification
Following are the types of Halal Certification:
Halal Certification under this scheme is granted to restaurants, cafes and cloud kitchens that prepare fresh dishes using meat or animal-based products. This Certification has to be renewed periodically. This Certification is important for various franchise chain owners as well.
Food, Beverage and Catering Scheme
The brands that are involved in the production of packaged foods or beverages on a large scale are required to have this Certification. The certification authority will closely monitor all the processes and ingredients that are utilised in the production of their goods and decide whether the products are Halal or not. Therefore, the brands involved in this must ensure that their products do not contain any of the prohibited items.
The Abattoirs scheme is for all butchers and slaughterhouses that want to obtain a Halal Certification. Under this scheme, the slaughterers must be practising Muslims, they must follow the necessary religious procedures for slaughter. The slaughter of pigs must be prohibited in the abattoir.
Industrial schemes shall be applicable to businesses that are involved in the processing and manufacturing of products that contain meat or any type of animal residue. The applicant must ensure that utmost care for hygiene is maintained during the process as per the requisite standards.
Storage/ Warehouse schemes
Often meat has to be stored in various warehouses or storage facilities. There is a special kind of halal Certification for such spaces that ensures the temperature for the meat is maintained, and it is not contaminated in any manner.
Necessary Papers Required for Halal Certification
Following are some crucial necessary papers required for HALAL Certification:
Process to Obtain Halal Certification in India
Following is the step by step process to get HALAL Certification in India:
Select the Certifying Body
The applicant must first decide on the body from which they seek the Certification from. There are three major Halal certification bodies in India, and the applicant can select from any of the following:
Selection of the Scheme
As listed above, there are various types of halal certification schemes. Each certification scheme is designed keeping in mind different parameters. Therefore, the applicant must apply for the one that meets their business needs. If a business requires a certification for multiple schemes, then a separate application has to be filed for each of them.
Fill in the Application Form
The applicant has to fill in the application form. The application form shall be easily available on the website of the certifying body. The applicant must fill in the important details to find out whether the applicant is eligible to obtain the Halal Certification. This step does not involve any extra costs.
Once the basic verification is complete then, the process of auditing shall begin. Two auditors (one technical auditor and one shariah auditor) will visit the business premises. They will check various aspects, from paper works to storage, processing, cleanliness and packaging. The business must provide all the details as and when prompted by the auditors. Once the audit is completed, it will be signed by both parties.
After the process of auditing, the certification body will cross-check all the details and necessary papers. If all the requirements have been adhered to then the Hala certification shall be issued to the business.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Halal Certification is provided to businesses to ensure that the product meets proper standards for the processing of meat. It also makes sure that the meat is processed in a clean and hygienic environment.
Usually, industries that deal with meat require halal Certification. The food industry for processing meat-related consumables. The cosmetic industry that have products that have animal-based products and the pharmaceutical industry that require animal residues for their medicine can opt for halal Certification.
Haram products are the opposite of halal products. These products are not allowed under Islamic laws. These include animal meat not slaughtered as prescribed in the Quran or sunnah, Pork or any pork products, alcohol and blood.
The halal Certification permits the business to use the Halal certification logo. This logo will be visible on the product or at the store where the product is being sold.
Halal Certification is valid for a period of 1 year from the date of the grant of the permit.