A Dubai-based research company asked Philippine manufacturers and exporters to comply with food safety standards for halal certification to maintain the integrity of products and boost exports.
Prime Group chief executive Mary Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi underscored the important role of standards, technical regulation, guidelines, laws and directives to maintain the integrity of halal products.
“Even if the product has no pork content, no alcohol content or GMO [genetically modified organism], if it has contamination, then you cannot consider it as halal,” she said in a virtual event.
Alvero-Al Mahdi cited the need to comply with the requirements not only of halal but also of food safety and food security of the host country. A standard is a document prepared by consensus, approved by a recognized body, contributed by its stakeholders for common and repeated use, and it is voluntary, she said.