Halal certification is a process that food producers undergo to establish that they are producing products in accordance with Islamic law. Foods that are eligible for halal certification contain no pork or other pig products, no alcoholic beverages or intoxicants, no blood, and no meat from carnivorous animals. In addition, halal meat needs to be slaughtered according to Islamic law, which requires religious supervision during the butchering process. Halal certification agencies verify that the product in question does not use any haram, or impure, ingredients. They also investigate the halal status of ingredients that possibly may not be compliant, such as gelatin, which could come from an animal that was not certified as halal.
Things You'll Need
- Halal certification application
- Halal certification fees
How to Obtain Halal Certification for Food
Contact a halal certification agency such as the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, and obtain an application. Fill out the application, providing relevant information regarding your production processes, and the sources of your ingredients. Return the completed application along with the specified application fee.
Schedule an initial inspection of your facility once the certification agency has reviewed and accepted your application. This inspection will give the agency the opportunity to verify the information on your application form, and to evaluate how close a level of supervision your company will need to maintain your halal certification.
Sign the contract that the halal agency prepares for your company stipulating the type of supervision they will provide, the frequency of your follow-up inspections, and the fees you will incur. Cooperate with inspectors when they visit your facility, and provide thorough, accurate records detailing your sources for all ingredients.