Assure-IP strengthens halal product testing

Assure-IP’s halal certification system has teamed up with Romer Labs for DNA testing of its products.

Romer Labs is a leading provider of diagnostic solutions and Assure-IP said the collaboration will provide a double layer of halal assurance to industry and consumers. Halal Assure-IP (HAIP) works on the principle of Identity Preservation, where all ingredients can be traced back to their source, maintaining supply chain integrity. By teaming up with Romer, Assure-IP believes it will make its halal certification more “robust and credible”.

HAIP will now have a dedicated lab for the testing of porcine DNA in products that are intended for the halal market, all of which will have their samples tested at Romer Labs’ facility at Cheshire before certification.

Mohammad Amir, chief executive, Assure-IP, said, “In modern food processing systems different categories of products (halal and non-halal) may share the same commercial environment, which inevitably leads to a risk of cross-contamination. The key challenge is to make sure the halal integrity is not compromised at any stage of the supply chain. The recent issues of contamination of halal products with pig DNA have deemed it mandatory to have a certification system that does not rely merely on inspection and monitoring, but goes to molecular levels to ensure that the product is genuinely what it claims to be.”

Halal Assure-IP claimed it was the only certification body in the UK that has a dedicated lab to guarantee that products have not been cross-contaminated.

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