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Pakistan: Conference on Emerging Issues in Food Safety

16/11/11  www.thenews.com.pk

Speakers urge Islamic ways to ensure Halal food

FAISALABAD: Pakistan can be a leading Halal food market by meeting international standards of Halal-HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) because the sector has over two billion consumers across the world.
This was stated by the speakers on the second day of the international conference titled ‘Emerging Issues in Food Safety’ arranged by the National Institute of Food Science and Technology at New Senate Hall, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. The conference was presided over by Justice (retd) Khalilur Rehman. Speaking on the occasion, Justice (retd) Khalilur Rehman stressed the need to develop a comprehensive mechanism to remove the contamination of no-Halal material and practices in the ‘Halal’ food by fully following the injunctions of Islam at slaughterhouses.

He asked the Punjab Agriculture Meat Company set up by the Punjab government for achieving the target of removing adulteration in Halal food in the country. He said: “Many daily-use items contain ingredients which are not Halal, but the people are ignorant of it. We should make sure before purchasing an item. Other countries have made a mechanism to end adulteration in food. We should learn from it.”

Dr Winai Dahlan, Director Halal Science Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok said that Thailand was emerging as one of the largest exporters of the Halal food. He said that total Thai population was 68 million with Muslims 5.5 million (8 per cent). He said all process in the supply chain from raw materials and production to distribution must be free of non-halal items.

NIFSAT Director General Prof Dr Faqir Muhammad said that Halal food should be free of filth. “It should not be prepared, processed, produced or manufactured using filthy utensils, equipment and/or machinery,” he maintained. Dr Nadeem Riaz from Texas A & M University called for the standardization of international standard of Halal HACCP in the country to make the food pure Halal. He highlighted other factors, including poor sanitation and use of washing soaps containing non-halal ingredients. He called for taking tangible steps to end this practice.

Dr Tipayanate Ariyaptipan, Halal Science Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok briefed the audience about the combined laboratory techniques for screening of Haram adulterated in food products available in Thai-Muslim market. PAMCO CEO Dr Hamid Jalil and NIFSAT’s Prof Dr Javaid Akram also spoke.

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