Setting the standard
UAE pushing for global halal mark
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.