News From : DagangHalal.com (27 Feb 2010)
KUALA LUMPUR: Halal logos and certification issued by private agencies will be invalid once the Halal Act is ready next year.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said there would be only one standard certification issued by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
“When it comes to certification from private companies, there is a risk they are only interested in making it easy for eateries to be certified without going through the real process,” he told reporters after the launch of Jakim’s 1Malaysia 1Halal campaign yesterday.
“Once the logo is standardised, it will be easier to spot the ‘incorrect’ ones. Enforcement can be carried out effectively on those who misuse the logo, after the Act is established,” he said.
Jamil also expressed concern that there were numerous kopitiams with dubious halal logos. It was reported recently that only two out of hundreds of kopitiams were certified halal by Jakim.
Jamil advised the public to always refer to Jakim for any clarification.
Earlier, Deputy Yang di-Per-tuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah launched the campaign at the National Mosque here.