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FEBRUARY 2021
Halal Gelatine Tales

Since its first usage centuries ago, gelatine has been raising eyebrows across cultures and religious beliefs due to its manufacturing nature despite being essential in many products throughout human history.

Non-Muslims who avoid gelatine consumption or usage think that the making of gelatine which involves boiling down scraps of animal skin and bone distasteful. ...



Is There Such Thing as Halal Pork?

Humans are pushing boundaries to achieve sustainable meat alternatives. Coupled with the rise of vegetarianism and veganism over the last few years, the world is seeing demand expand for plant-based meat.

From soy meat to 3D printed meat, the meat innovation race only seems to get bigger over the years. ...



Foo Chuk Dirty Secret

We have all heard gross stories about dirty food processing factories and non-halal-certified Foo Chuk makes among the common gross food-processing facts that might spoil your next meal, but you need to know to avoid risking your health and your loved ones.

Fondly known as Foo Chuk in Southeast Asia, Tofu skin or dried bean curd skin is made by lifting away the sheet that forms on the surface of heated soy milk. ...



Indonesia And China: Post Covid-19 Halal Money Trails?

Good news to halal food and beverage (F&B) certificate holders who are aiming to spread their wings internationally, experts have ruled out that Indonesia and China are where the money is.

Counting on the rising purchasing power and government support in both countries, Indonesia and China are in the game to spur halal market growth with support from local and international halal industry players. ...



Becoming A Halal Conscious Consumer

The concept of Halal is expanding across the globe, and with it comes a lifestyle that Muslims can adopt to become a halal conscious consumers.

A significant part of becoming halal conscious has to do with assessing our behaviour and attitudes, as Muslim consumers. ...


JANUARY 2021
Halal Certified Covid-19 Vaccine Is Now In Indonesia

Indonesia has become the first country in the world to halal-certify COVID-19 Vaccine. The official halal certificate was handed over from Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affair (Kemenag) to Bio Farma PT (Persero) in a live telecast aired from the ministry's official Facebook page earlier today.

"The vaccine got its halal approval on Monday," said the ministry's representative (Wamenag) Zainut Tauhid who also highlighted that The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) had released the emergency approval of the Sinovac Vaccine.

The country's national halal agency Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH) became the authority responsible for the vaccine's certification as stated in law 33 article 6 of 2014 on Halal Product Certification. ...



How Can Non-Conformance Report (NCR) Boost or Break a Business?

Halal certificate is a mark of quality promised by a brand to its consumers and losing the certificate when it is revoked can spell terrible disaster to a halal-certified business.

Global Halal Community e-news sought help from Serunai's Halal subject matter expert and Proffer Services Principal consultant Mahellah Omar to shed some light on how breaching Non-Conformance Report (NCR) can put a business in serious jeopardy.

Mahellah said that NCR is a halal-related document that addresses specification deviation or work that fails to meet certain halal quality standards. ...



Interview with Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THIDA)

Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THIDA) Vice President Salahuddin Ma who is also an engineer by profession shares some insights into how a small island like Taiwan is making a significant global impact through their halal certified capsules and many other products that are benefiting not only Muslims but consumers around the world who seek cleanliness, safety, hygiene and quality.



Fighting Food Fraud One Blockchain at a Time

For the past 40 years, Malaysian consumers have been putting themselves into health risk when many may have unknowingly consumed unsafe meat with fake halal labels.

Thanks to The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) for the successful raid conducted in December last year which became a major exposé to the meat cartel syndicate that has been happening for decades.

It is sad to know that our nation’s gatekeepers who are responsible for receiving goods had the audacity to accept bribery and risk the lives of many. ...



Training to Empower Local Halal Meat Industry Players

The recent fake halal meat scandal has gotten Serunai Halal Centre of Excellence and FELCRA Training & Consultancy (FTC) to join arms in their fight to empower local halal livestock farming through a hybrid course combining remote learning and field training.

Dubbed the Online Livestock Farming and Slaughtering Course, Serunai Halal CoE Senior Regulatory and Halal Exec Nor Izyati Md. Rahim told Global Halal Community e-news that the program is broken into three parts which are theory, internship and career matching. ...



Halal Community: By Consumers to Consumers

When we thought 2021 was going to be better, it shook us with a rough start of the year.

From halal vaccine conspiracy theories to meat cartel scandals, these times call for us to pitch in and help address the problems we face now in the halal scene.

In the world where information is just a click away, common sense is not so common anymore when being the first to share unreliable news matters more than sharing the truth. ...



Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Halal Tourism

Islam is a religion that encourages travel and tourism. Muslims are permitted to travel to different parts of the world to seek knowledge, education, gain a better life, and perform Umrah or Hajj.

However, travelling for a religious duty or leisure is subject to Islamic Law guidelines. In the event of potential danger, Muslims are required to abstain from travel. ...



Halal Products: India An Untapped Market

With some 200 million Muslim population, India makes an ideal marketplace. India is the country with the largest Muslim population outside Muslim-majority countries, having about 200 million Muslims.

The global halal product market is valued at US$3trillion with the most significant market lying in the selected Asian countries where Halal products are widely used by even communities other than Muslims. ...