Set­ting the stan­dard

UAE push­ing for global halal mark

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The UAE is spear­head­ing a cam­paign to set up a global stan­dard to clas­sify food as halal.

At the mo­ment there are more than 100 dif­fer­ent halal marks be­ing used world­wide, but that could all change if the In­ter­na­tional Halal Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Fo­rum (IHAF) has its way.

The new scheme fol­lows a di­rec­tive by HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The new scheme would see an um­brella group be­ing es­tab­lished to bring clar­ity to the in­dus­try and en­sure stan­dards are main­tained.

Mo­hamed Saleh Badri, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of IHAF, said: “The rate of growth wit­nessed in the halal mar­ket shows that by 2030 it can be the big­gest in­dus­try in the world.

“How­ever, although halal stan­dards and pro­cesses are based on the univer­sal prin­ci­ples and teach­ings of Is­lam, the halal in­dus­try is yet to use one univer­sal set of de­ter- By 7DAYS News Team mi­nants and one all-en­com­pass­ing mark.

“More than a hun­dred halal marks are cur­rently be­ing used all over the globe. IHAF’s ul­ti­mate mis­sion is to unify halal cri­te­ria and prac­tices and gen­er­ate a global agree­ment among the au­thor­i­ties that would ease the flow of halal goods be­tween coun­tries and cre­ate a mar­ket that con­sumers can trust.”

Based on a report by Thom­son Reuters, the global ex­pen­di­ture in the halal food sec­tor stood at $1.128 tril­lion in 2014 and this is ex­pected to grow to $1.585 tril­lion by 2020.

The global mar­ket for halal food and life­style sec­tor, in­clud­ing travel, fash­ion, me­dia and recre­ation, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, and cos­met­ics, was val­ued at $1.8 tril­lion in 2014. It is es­ti­mated this will rise to up to $2.6 tril­lion by 2020.

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