KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom said no halal certificates have been issued by the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for “halal beer” or any product using a name similar or associated with any prohibited drink.
According to him, the use of the name, “halal beer”, was contrary to the Malaysian Halal Certification Procedure Manual (MPPHM) and the Malaysian Standard (MS1500: 2009), which formed the basis for Jakim and the State Islamic Religious Departments (JAIN) in the management of halal certification.
“In the manual, it is clearly stated that products using names or names synonymous with non-halal products or misleading terms, such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer and the like, are not eligible to apply for halal certification in Malaysia.
“Halal food and halal artificial flavours shall also not use names which are synonymous with any word referring to non-halal food such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer and so on,” he said in reply to Senator Khairiah Mohamed, who asked the government to declare the list of “halal beer” approved in the market as well as the conditions set for the sale of such beer.
The first meeting of the Fifth Session of the Dewan Negara began today and will end on April 27.
Jamil Khir said some of these drinks carried halal certificates from private companies or foreign halal certification bodies, and there were among them that did not carry any halal logo on their products.
“It should be stressed here that Jakim and JAIN are the authority for halal certification in Malaysia. Each application must comply with MPPHM or the fatwa (religious decree), and decisions and regulations adopted in halal certification in the country.
“Therefore, Jakim constantly monitors the situation to ensure that drink manufacturers are not abusing the Malaysian halal logo on their products,” he said.
In protecting the interest of consumers, Jamil Khir said legal action taken under the Trade Description (Certification and Marking of Halal) Order 2011 provided for a fine of up to RM200,000 for the manufacturers, if such products available in the market had been using the Malaysian halal logo.