Dubai Launches Recognition System for Middle East Halal Certificates

Dubai, MINA – Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and the Arab Mining and Industry Development Organization (AIDMO) launched an integrated system based in Dubai to facilitate recognition of halal certificates among Arab countries.

As quoted by MINA from Salaam Gateway, Wednesday, the new program called “Arab System” was developed to increase trade in halal products in the Middle East and North Africa.

“The first Arabic halal system will include mutual recognition of halal certificates and facilitating trade movements between our Arab countries and the world,” said the UAE Minister of Economy who is also the Chair of the ESMA, Sultan Al-Mansoori.

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The new program will also consist of rules and procedures for certificates and halal marks in all new areas, which will be introduced in Arab countries as optional labels.

“Companies that want to obtain a certificate and halal Arabic label can submit a direct application to halal authorities in any Arab country that has contracted with AIDMO,” said AIDMO Director General Adel Alsaqer.

In his presentation, Alsaqer said, “The Arab System” will be applied in countries that are willing to sign programs with AIDMO and halal authorities in those countries.

AIDMO based in Morocco operates within the scope of the Arab League countries.

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Arabic halal programs were also developed to ensure compliance with halal producers and suppliers in the Arab world and protect consumers from fake halal products or “those who use fake halal labels,” Alsaqer said.

“This progra can also be applied to products, imports, and exports consumed locally,” he added.

The companies that participate in the halal system are also expected to meet the requirements of a food safety management system such as ISO 22000, HACCP, and other internationally recognized related systems. (T/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)