Stakeholders start halal standards public hearing

October 19, 2009 11:16 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 20 –The stakeholders on halal food is holding three consecutive public hearings aimed to come up with a joint administrative order for the implementation of the national standards among the industry stakeholders including the halal certifiers all over the country.

The national standard known as the Philippine National Standard 2067 (PNS 2067) series of 2008 provides for the general guidelines on the preparation, production and processing of halal Food including storage and handling.

The first public hearing is set today for the Mindanao area, which will be held in this southern port city while the next public hearing will be held on Oct. 22 in Cebu City for the Visayas region and on Oct. 27 in Manila for the Luzon region.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) national coordination for Halal industries Amina Jain, said those who are invited to attend the public hearing are from the food industry sector, the hotel and restaurant operators, retail, wholesalers, exporters, consumers, concerned government agencies, academe, local government units (LGUs), the certifying organization and the Ulama community.

Jain said they expect that by Oct. 30 “we are going to have the final draft of the joint administrative order and we will be endorsing it to the three (cabinet) secretaries for signature in the first week of Nov.”

The signatories are the DTI, Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Health (DOH) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Jain said the PNS 2067 will take effect three to six months after its publication in two national daily newspapers of general circulation.

She said the Philippines is coming up with the national halal standard to be able to penetrate the halal world market especially the food sector which is growing.

Jain is optimistic the Philippines could gain entry into to the world halal market since PNS 2067 is in conformity with the standards set by International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHIA).

“It’s a growing market, we are talking here of about 1.8 billion population all over the world and the estimate value is $ 580 billion for food alone,” Jain said.

“For the total halal industries that include cosmetics, accessories, medical products and others, the world market is estimated at $ 2.7 trillion and it is growing,” she added. (PNA) LBV/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb

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