New mechanisms to strengthen the management of halal meat imports – PM
PUTRAJAYA (November 23): Three new mechanisms will be implemented to ensure the integrity of the management system for the import of halal meat products in the country, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The prime minister said these mechanisms will be implemented by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and several related agencies in response to the imported meat cartel episode in December last year, which opened up the eyes of many stakeholders on the importance of having a strong management system for the halal supply chain in Malaysia.
A new requirement is that animal products stored in warehouses have Malaysian Halal Certificate (SPHM) under the category of warehousing logistics regime, he said at the launch of the National Conference. halal 2021 virtually here on Tuesday 23 November.
“Imported animal products must use the services of an SPHM certified transport chain under the transport logistics category regime,” he added.
Apart from that, there will also be a mandatory repackaging procedure to require companies to achieve Malaysian halal certification under the food program, he said.
Media reported in December last year that a union smuggled frozen meat into the country before repackaging it with the halal logo to sell the products in Malaysia.
To strengthen Malaysian halal certification, Ismail Sabri said JAKIM is developing a RM 3.4 million Halal integrated information system to serve as a database for halal products.
The database will include six systems, namely MYeHALAL (domestic), MYeHALAL (international), e-Cert printing system, Malaysia International Halal Authority Board (MyIHAB), module on foreign slaughterhouse enforcement and module on ingredient management for Malaysian halal products (MyHALAL ingredients).
He said that under MyIHAB, JAKIM can regulate 84 foreign halal certification bodies from 46 countries recognized by JAKIM.
“Insya-Allah, thanks to this planning, it is expected that from 2023, Keluarga Malaysia (the Malaysian family) can use this system to check the status of halal products from foreign countries,” he said. declared.
Ismail Sabri, who also launched Malaysian Halal (National) Certification Procedure Manual 2020 and Malaysian Halal Management System 2020, said that JAKIM is also developing Malaysian Halal Certification Procedure Manual (International) and Halal Executive Module. international.
These two manuals under development aim to strengthen the Malaysian Halal Certificate internationally through Malaysia’s Halal Certification Internationalization Program, which will allow foreign industry players to apply for the Malaysian Halal Certificate directly from JAKIM, he said.
At the same time, the government will also prioritize efforts to empower bumiputera entrepreneurs in the halal industry through referral programs involving several relevant ministries.
He said that JAKIM’s efforts to improve Malaysian Halal certification have been recognized by Malaysia’s Standards Department through the award of ISO / IEC 17065 accreditation on October 10, 2020, making JAKIM the premier certification body. the country’s halal to be recognized on the world stage.
âThis accreditation has not only given an impact to various products that have been certified, but also contributed to better management in the implementation of halal certification,â he said.
Citing reports from the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department that the halal market is expected to contribute 8.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) by generating exports of RM 56 billion by 2025, he said urged relevant agencies, ministries and industry players to improve the marketing of local halal products internationally.
In 2020 alone, the halal industry contributed RM9.7 billion to the country’s GDP, he said.
The prime minister is optimistic that the halal industry has the potential to boost the country’s economy as the world’s Muslim population grows from the current 1.8 billion to 2.2 billion in 2030.
Based on these figures, the demand for halal products and services can reach $ 680 billion per year, he added.