Before dwelling on the above mentioned topic, it must be noted that halal certification means that products are permissible under Islamic law. Not only Muslims but Jews also aslo run institutions for ensuring food quality, test style and packaging. Kosher has been providing vigilance for this purpose since many years. But it is a beauty of Islamic halal certificate organisations that they provide both food quality and halal requirements. That is why most of the global halal markets are looking for halal organisations to get certificates.
By finding halal certificates logo on the products one does not need to bother checking any ingredients and consumers also feel free to purchase without any suspicion of whether the product is made of and contaminated with haram materials. Worldwide, Muslims are greatly concerned regarding many issues like blood plasma, pork contamination, grease used during packaging and several other issues, for in Islam, halal food not only have criterion of serving Islamic laws but it should be separated from unlawful materials. For this analytical methods and ingredients coding are taken care of.
Halal cerfication organisations wants assurances from consumers that the products must be free from (1) a part of animal prohibited in sharia (2) impure things according to the Islamic stricture (3) should not be prepared and manufactured applying impure instruments. (4) No close proximity with any impure and haram materials. In Islam these products and animals are unlawful (haram) (1) swine meat and its by-products (2) dead animals (3) dogs, (4) slaughtered animals without mentioning name of Allah Almighty intentionally, (5) insects except grasshopper (6) blood barring spleen and livers of haram animals (3) river animals except fish (7) ethanol and wine. For consumers, if they keep care of these criteria, furnish them an opportunity of a huge market open in the world as over 50 millions halal consumers are estimated in Europe as well as 1.6 billion world over. By getting halal certificate consumers can fulfil requirements of the importing countries thus increasing capacity of sales and confidence among users. Through trademark halal logo on the packaging, suppliers can find special attention in the Middle East and other Muslim countries.
Halal certificates have been classified into three categories:
Abattoirs : sharia compliant halal zabiha including beef, mutton and chicken.
Manufactured foods : that includes food products, ingredients and snacks, dairy products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other consumables.
Food outlets : canteens, hotels and airways.
For interested companies, first they have to ascertain that their companies have complied with terms and conditions of Islamic sharia. There are many halal certificate organisations in India, but to us, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust is the most trusted one as it has close relations with circles of famous Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. This is something that makes it most reliable. Therefore within a few years, it has got popularity and also accreditation from many great international Islamic halal organisations. While talking to secretary of Jamiat Halal trust, he told that applicants have to apply for registration as producer/suppliers of halal products on the prescribed application form copies to be obtained from the office of the Trust or could be downloaded from its web site. The application form is divided into 3 parts. First part is for general information about the applicant. 2nd part is for category specific information whether the applicant is an abattoir or food producer or non food producer or a food serving premises. 3rd part is related to product specific details regarding ingredients production process etc. The application with the covering letter on the official letterhead of the applicant and affidavit on Rs 100 stamp paper should be presented along with the Registration fee of Rs 10,000/- by cheque/draft payable at Delhi drawn in favour of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust, New Delhi.