Achmat Sedick Director of the Halaal Trust, which falls under the Muslim Judicial Council, explains what the prerequisites are for a business to become halaal certified.
And anyone can do this. You do not have to be Muslim.
The most important requirement is that no pork or alcoholic products be used in the catering business.
There should be no contamination, especially of those two (products, pork and alcohol).— Achmat Sedick Director of the Halaal Trust
Catering companies who wish to become halaal, or businesses who wish a product to be certified halaal, should apply to the Halaal Trust for a halaal certificate.
How to do this?
Sedick says one can telephone or use their website mjchalaaltrust.co.za
The Halaal Trust will send the applicant a one page list of criteria that needs to be complied with.
The Trust will make an on site inspection of the premises. If it meets their requirements, then a cleansing process is carried out by their staff.
This site visit and cleansing cost between R450 and R800, says Sedick.
Once all this has been done to the Halaal Trust's satisfaction, the company will receive its certificate.
There is an annual payment for halaal certification, but Sedick says for small catering companies, the fee is reasonable.
He says there the Halaal Trust takes no percentage of profits.
He says there will be ongoing monitoring of the facilities by the Halaal trust, and in certain cases they will insist on a Muslim supervisor being present to ensure no contamination takes place.
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