Halal, as per Quaran, means 'permitted' or 'lawful'. Halal certification is required for food, cosmetics and other products which comes in direct contact with food items. In many countries like: Middle east, Saudi Arabia, Iran etc. Halal certification is required to sell the food items. Halal is often used in reference to foods and drinks, i.e. foods that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic Shari?ah (law). The criteria specifies both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue.
Halal trade refers to business of halal certified quality products which meet the internationally accepted food safety standards in production & hygiene. SQM has strategic tie ups with different HALAL certification agencies (Indian & overseas) to provide HALAL certification services in India. These organisations are different ISLAMIC religious organisations & they issue HALAL certificate following guidelines of 'Quaran'. HALAL audit is done by a 'Mualana' who should have proper knowledge of Quaran & ISLAM.
Benefits of Halal Certification :
Easy access to market of Muslim countries
HALAL requires safety and hygiene as well which is important to third party
Competitive advantage in export market
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