Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jais instructs 6 companies to stop issuing halal certificates


SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) today directed six companies to immediately stop issuing the halal certificate and logo to food traders and outlets in Selangor.

Jais director Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said the six companies were Bahtera Lagenda Sdn Bhd, Islamic Food and Research Council, SAS-H Consultancy, Perak Religious Officer Association, Halal Food Council S.E.A and IFANCA International.

He said Jais had neither given its consent nor recognition to these companies to issue the halal certificate and logo to several food outlets in the state, especially coffee shops and foodcourts.

Mohamed Khusrin said the companies were also found to have failed to monitor the food outlets issued with the halal certificate and logo as was done by Jais and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

"Effective today, only halal certificates and logos issued by Jais and Jakim will be recognised for use at all food outlets in Selangor," he told a news conference here today.

Mohamed Khusrin said the companies would be given three months to settle all transactions involving halal certificate applications which they had received earlier.
"Those who have yet to apply for or renew their halal certificate and logo are advised to do so through Jais or Jakim," he said, adding that action could be taken against errant food traders or outlets under Section 12 (b) of the Selangor Syariah Crimes Enactment 1995. - Bernama

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