Riding the fast-paced world of fourth industrial revolution, food industry nowadays are gearing up towards becoming the best of its kind. One of the rising industry which can be seen in today’s world is the halal food industry which is getting better and bigger by days. Many food suppliers are getting their hands in the halal gloves to fulfil their consumers’ demand, especially from Muslim community which is growing in number these days. Halal food industry is now a thing in many developed countries such as America with its halal food outlets and restaurants while New Zealand with its halal frozen meat and not-to-forget the halal meat supplier from Singapore. So, what is halal certificate validity and what kind of industry would request for halal certification for their products?
As for its validity, say if a company’s product has been verified with halal certification for the first time, the certificate will only be valid for a year. For the second time, the validity expands to two years. If after two years the audit shows that the company deserves it, it will be validated again for another two years. For frozen food, the industries sectors which requested for halal certification, they are those prominent sectors such as meat products, flour and dairy products, halvah, macaroni and fat products as well as the cosmetic ones. In addition, a halal certifying body such as GIMDES from Turkey could go up to granting halal certificate to company from abroad. If you think only Islamic countries would request for halal certification to be verified on their products, well think again. This is because halal certificate is now being requested all over the world as consumers are now much aware of the benefits gained from consuming halal meat, thus, creating high demand of halal food in the market. Even the current market is now covering over two billion people consuming halal certified products.
What about Kosher meat you asked? Is there any difference between kosher meat and halal certificate meat? Well, of course there are a few major differences between these two. First and foremost, let us look at the definition of kosher itself. Kosher means prepped under strict laws and guidelines of the Jewish customs and religion. It also includes foods which are being prepared for a festival called Passover. Halal on the other hand, means that the food is being prepared and strictly maintained by the laws and compliance listed by Islamic customs and religion. Different from halal tayyib or wholesome concept where the good treatment of animal should start since the early days of their growth, kosher mainly focuses on the food production itself. Kosher product may contain alcohol, glycerine and gelatin as well as other animal by products, while halal labelled food strictly prohibit these ingredients from residing in its food. During meat slaughtering process, Jewish scholar or teacher will be supervising the process but no tasmiyya is being made during the process unlike in halal slaughtering meat process. This proves how kosher slaughtering process do not meet the requirement set by halal food slaughtering.
All in all, halal food industry is on the rise due to its high quality standards which is good for all consumers of different religion and races. The key benefits which come from its consumption also contributes to the food production to become bigger and better by days.