Halal certification is a voluntary process by which a credible Islamic organization certifies that a company's products can be lawfully consumed by Muslims. Those who meet the criteria for certification are given halal certificates, and they may use a halal marking or symbol on their products and advertising.
Each certifying organization has its own procedures and requirements. In general, however, products will be checked to ensure that:
- Flavoring ingredients and solvents must be from halal sources (no ethyl alcohol, for example).
- Meat products (non-pork) have been slaughtered under Islamic zabiha guidelines.
Food manufacturers usually pay a fee and voluntarily submit their food products for halal certification. Independent organizations are responsible for screening the products, observing the production process, and deciding on a company's compliance with Islamic dietary law. Governments of Muslim countries often use lab testing to determine if random samples of food contain pork or alcohol products. Governments of non-Muslim countries are often not informed or involved in the Islamic requirements or standards for halal food. Thus the certificate is only as reliable as the certifying organization.
There are hundreds of halal certification organizations around the world. Their websites offer more information about the certification process. Consumers are advised to research their food sources carefully to determine the validity of any halal certificate. UKB Halal Certification Procedure takes guidance from various National and Regional Halal Regulatory Boards.
Halal certification helps compliant companies gain access to nearly a quarter of the world's population.
If you are aiming to sell your products domestically or export internationally to more than 1.6 billion consumers, you will need to obtain Halal certification from an internationally recognized organization like UK Bureau of Certifications (UKB).
Halal certifiers in the USA are many, but very few are internationally recognized. UKB is unique in that it is recognized as a certifier for products and ingredients requiring Halal certification worldwide.
UKB has been recognized by LP POM-MUI and AIFDC-ICU (Indonesia), MUIS (Singapore), JAKIM and DVS (Malaysia) since their inceptions in the 1980s or earlier. These Southeast Asia nations strongly enforce Halal standards for products made in their countries and those that are imported. Their continuous recognition upholds UKB’s commitment to Halal standards. while simultaneously making the certification process as seamless as possible for businesses.
UKB is recognized by the Mother Mosque of America, the oldest surviving mosque in the USA, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Additionally the Muslim American Society and Islamic Centers across the USA have acknowledged UKB for its integrity in maintaining Halal Standards.
At UKB, we aim to keep things simple. Our 3 step approach offers a quick and efficient way for your company to obtain halal certification.
Evaluation: Please complete our web application form so we can learn a little bit more about your company and your specific needs. A follow up engagement will be scheduled within one business day.
Inspection: After we have received your completed application one of our team members will contact you to schedule the onsite assessment and/or to assist with obtaining additional information if required.
Certification: Once we have completed the onsite assessment and processed the certification fee we ship the Halal Certification Package and provide a virtual follow up assessment to ensure all of your needs have been met.