Halal organisation repairs relations with Malaysia

Halal Food Authority (HFA) certified products can now be exported to Malaysia again, after the Asian country stopped recognising the certifier due to the pork DNA scandal last year.

In February 2013, pork DNA was found in products from a UK halal supplier, leading to Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) ceasing to recognise the HFA. However, after appeals, meetings in Kuala Lumpur, and thorough auditing in May, JAKIM has decided to accept HFA products again.   

HFA chief executive Saqib Mohammed said the HFA certified around 70% of halal-certified products in the UK, and that the Malaysian market was worth millions to the UK halal industry.

He added: “We are delighted to extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to all our clients, stakeholders, and members of staff who assisted HFA with great deal of patience, support and co-operation in achieving this status.

“We are proud to have the required expertise and skills with the strong working relationship and allegiance with our stakeholders on board that have collectively proved instrumental in the continued success of the HFA, leading to further growth and expansion of the halal trade globally and we further believe that this trend will continue and prosper in the foreseeable future.”

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