Halal Scientific Awareness Program towards Creating Awareness on the Importance of Halal Science as Part of Halal Certification

As a progressive and modern Islamic nation, Malaysia has been spearheading the halal industry for the benefit of Muslims and non-Muslim around the globe. Being the pioneer in halal certification, Malaysia ensures the integrity of halal products and services through strict compliance with syariah requirements whilst still being business focused. Halal has now emerged as one of the fastest growing business sectors in the world. The global halal market is reported to be worth more than USD3.0 trillion currently and the value of halal food sector is reaching USD700 billion annually. The non-food sector is much bigger, and includes chemicals, healthcare, cosmetics, personal care and pharmaceuticals. In other words, Malaysia is moving into a larger realm of Halal Economy, a value based economy rooted in trust, integrity and fairness.

In the past few years, the concern on fraud and adulterant in food and non-food manufacturing on halal labelling as well as safety and quality control has become a great concern worldwide. A few case studies for the last few years such as the issue of a butter- contained product and chocolate bar were found contaminated with porcine has become an eye opener to the Muslim consumer worldwide. The issue has led to a great impact on the Malaysian economy especially for small & medium entrepreneurs. Ironically, these products were announced as HARAM in certain countries but in other part of Muslim countries were announced as HALAL to consumer. Why there are such discrepancies in Halal standard among these Muslim countries? The main reason is related to the non-harmonious of validated standard reference method used by halal analysis practitioner. The increase of awareness on labelling, safety and quality control of consumer product has driven the needs of establishment of an international reference scientific method in determination of the halal status of a product.

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Issues On Halal Food Adulterations

Adapted from Nurrulhidaya A.F et al. (2011) 2nd International Conference on Humanities, Historical and Social Sciences IPEDR vol. 17

Adulteration is a legal term for a food product which fails to meet certain standards. Adulteration usually refers to non-compliance to health or safety standards according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Adulterants may be intentionally added to more expensive substances to increase visible quantities, reduce manufacturing costs and other deceptive or malicious purpose. Adulterants may also be accidentally or unknowingly introduced into the substances. Food adulteration is the act of intentionally debasing the quality of food offered for sale either by admixture or substitution of inferior substances or by the removal of some valuable ingredient.

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BPFK: Consumers Cautioned against Using Cosmetic Products Containing Scheduled Poison

Adapted from Newsletter of the Drug Control Authority, Malaysia (Dec 2014), Volume 63 No.41 ISSN 0128-0627

The public is advised to avoid buying and using the following cosmetic products:


 Summary Of Press Releases

Cosmetics
a) Caution on Using Cosmetic Products Containing Scheduled Poisons
The public is advised to avoid buying and using the following cosmetic products:

No Product Name Notification Number Schedule Poison Detected Name of Product Notification Holder Name of Manufacturer
1 Yellow Cream (Krim Ku-Neng) NOT120101719K Hydroquinone Seri Mh Ummi Sdn Bhd Yamni Industry, Malaysia
2 Dnars Magic Gold Foundation NOT111001084K Hydroquinone Seri Mh Ummi Sdn Bhd Yamni Industry, Malaysia
3 Sf Protect & Perfect Day Cream )Krim Ku-Nang) NOT130604475K Mercury Seri Mh Ummi Sdn Bhd SirehEmas Marketing Sdn Bhd

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