DM prepares requirements for Shariah compliance to grant ‘Halal National Mark’ for food producers
03 november 2014
Having participated in the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum being held in Dubai during 28-30 October, Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality has declared that the civic body is working with the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA) to set the requirements for granting the ‘Halal National Mark’ to food producers in the country as part of the U.A.E. Scheme for Halal Products to regulate and certify the Halal industry and its various products.
The U.A.E. Scheme for Halal Products is the first of its kind at the Arab and Gulf levels and supports a strategic initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for developing the Islamic economy sector and making Dubai the Capital of Islamic Economy.
”Hence, Dubai Municipality has a major role in setting the Shariah compliance requirements and regulating the Halal industry, while the ESMA will grant the Mark indicating that the product, service and production system was in conformity with the approved requirements,” Lootah said
“The certification mark was launched as part of the U.A.E. Scheme for Halal Products which will be mandatorily applied as per the resolution No (10) issued by the Federal Cabinet in 2014,” he said.
“The scheme outlines the properties, descriptions, features, quality, dimensions, sizes or safety requirements of a commodity, material, service or each measurable item, including terminology, symbols, testing methods, sampling, packaging and labeling”, he further said.
“According to the regulation, the Halal certificate is a document certifying that the product, service or their respective schemes are Shariah-compliant. This includes Halal slaughtering certificates, certificates of establishments, farms, slaughterhouses and facilities classified as ‘Halal,’ certificates of raw food materials, food additives, ingredients with meat derivatives, extracts, as well as animal smells, gelatine, fats, oils and their derivatives,” he explained.
“It was a nice experience to sit with the industry leaders and decision makers during the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum from which we could share a lot of knowledge and experiences of different countries. We have great hope that Dubai can lead the world of Islamic Economy with the support of its advanced facilities and well developed infrastructure,” Lootah added.