Jakim to issue list of licensed meat importers in Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR: A list of licenced meat importers in the country will be released by the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) to minimise public confusion over their halal status, says Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al Bakri.

The Minister in the Department of the Prime Minister (Religious Affairs) said further talks were also being conducted to address the matter with Jakim’s Halal Management Division.

I also recognise that other ministries are also included in the authorization to sell beef. Thus, we will work more closely with the ministries concerned.

“I will look into this issue and review any form of problems related to Jakim’s halal (certification). If there are any weaknesses we will improve them”. He told reporters at the Dewan Negara Monday (Dec 28).

Earlier, the media claimed that before repackaging it using the halal logo and selling it across Malaysia, a local meat cartel had been smuggling frozen meat from abroad.

In the meantime, Zulkifli said his department will continue to work with all relevant parties to ensure that imported meat products that are 100 percent halal are received by the community.

He also lauded the swift action of processed food manufacturer Ramly Food Processing Sdn Bhd. It informs the community that no intermediaries were involved in importing meat and raw materials.

“Kudos to Ramly Burger, since such a comment would alleviate the concerns and worries of the people who purchase the company’s goods.

“Any butcher is also encouraged to publish similar statements to ensure that every citizen. Especially Muslims, gets halal and clean food supplies,” he said.


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