News From : DagangHalal.com (21 Sep 2010)
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) — The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) on Tuesday said it had issued halal certificates to 12 moon cake makers.
Jakim’s principal assistant director of the halal certificate and logo issuing branch of the halal hub division, Abdul Hamid Mohamed Salleh, said the companies concerned had to go through strict procedures before they were issued the halal certificates.
He said the certificates were only issued to companies which met the Halal Certification Procedure, the Halal Malaysian Standard MS1500:2009 Halal Food-Production, Preparation, Handling and Storage/General Guidelines, the Food Act 1983 and the Food Regulation 1985.
“So, if the moon cakes have the halal certificate, Muslims can buy and eat them,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
He said this when asked on the initiative taken by some companies to produce halal moon cakes.
However, he said Muslims were not encouraged to participate in the Moon Cake Festival.
He said the companies which had been issued the halal certificates were HYT Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Leong Yin Pastry Sdn Bhd, Sakura Food Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd, TT Food Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, The Baker’s Cottage Sdn Bhd, LB (Lian Bee) Confectionery Sdn Bhd, KLT Food Industries Sdn Bhd, King’s Confectionery Sdn Bhd, Tanjung Omega Sdn Bhd, Tuan Sanawi Tuan Ngah Sdn Bhd, Ayamas Food Corporation Sdn Bhd and Bake Station Sdn Bhd.