Lack of unity drives up cost of meat

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

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.

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