Lack of unity drives up cost of meat
The vast number of different certifying bodies for halal meat is creating a problem for the industry by driving prices up.
The issues faced by the industry were discussed at the launch of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017, yesterday.
Mohammed Badri, Managing Director of the Dubai-based International Halal Accreditation Forum, was frank about the challenges ahead for the global halal market.
Last month, it was announced that the UAE has begun the groundwork to establish a single accreditation to aid the industry.
“There are so many different halal marks that it creates a problem,” he said, speaking at the launch of the report in Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
“There needs to be a unified standard halal mark across the industry but the problem is the different countries don’t trust each other.
“A lot of different bodies are issuing certificates and that’s not okay.”
Badri said the lack of one official unified standard halal mark means there is distrust.
“What we need to do is unify all requirements,” he said. We have to gather all the countries around a table and accept each other.
“If we have all the countries together agreeing on one unified standard mark it would go such a long way to bringing back confidence to the market,” he added.
“There are so many different marks at the minute that all it means is that the products are so much more expensive than they would be otherwise.” He gave an example of the difficulties the industry faces because of the lack of a unified mark.
“I was in Brazil at a poultry plant and they had to get the product verified by bodies from 35 different countries,” he said.
“One certified body will make halal cheaper and put trust back.” The UAE was named the second best performer out of the 73 countries that make up the global Islamic economy, after Malaysia.