Sunday, May 29, 2011

Three food outlets in state lose halal certs – Daud

KUCHING: This year three food outlets in the state have been stripped of their halal certificates for non-compliance with the rules and regulations of Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (JAIS).
According to Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, the action taken by JAIS was an indication of how strict the department was on the halal issue.
“The outlets had violated the guidelines given to them and we are strict on this matter,” Daud elaborated.
Addressing reporters after a gotong royong session and handover of ISO 9001:2008 certification to JAIS, Daud pointed out that the three outlets concerned could re-apply for the licence.
“They will need to rectify the issue first, and when we are satisfied with the outcome, we will give them the certification.”
He added that the three outlets, which included a hotel, were issued two notices before the certification was revoked.
On several food products in the market without halal certification, Daud said JAIS had no right to push for food producers to get the certificate.
“However, the certification would benefit them, as consumers, especially Muslims, would not have any doubt on the product,” he elaborated.
On foreign food products, Daud said the department accepted halal certifications by Islamic agencies or authorities from the country of origin.
He said JAIS could only act on the misuse of the halal logo which could confuse consumers.
“To avoid this problem, it is better for Muslims to find products or food outlets with the halal certification,” he said.
Earlier Daud reminded staff of JAIS to listen to the problems and comments of the public, especially on the Internet.
“As an agency serving the people, it is your responsibility to listen to the people, as it will assist in shaping and improving the department.”
Daud said in today’s world, various channels are available for people to give comments or suggestions for improvement.
Also present were State Islamic Council head Datu Putit Matzen, State Mufti Ustaz Kipli Yassin, State Imam Advisor Datu Nahrawi Abdul Rahman and JAIS director Abang Shamsuddin Abang Seruji.

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