News From : DagangHalal.com (09 Jul 2010)
KOTA ISKANDAR: The Johor government takes the issue of halal certificates seriously, especially in monitoring commercial slaughterhouses.
State Religion committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman said until July this year, there were only two slaughter centres in Johor Baru that were recognised by the state religious department.
Zainal said these two centres had been given the ‘Confirmation Halal Certificate’ after going through strict checks and audits.
He was responding to a question from Adam Sumiru (BN-Tanjung Puteri).
“Until July, the government certified 174 butchers statewide while 424 people participated in butchering courses held in every district.
“The government also organised seminars through the state religious department and the state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism department,” he said.
He said the state government also organised the Halal Procedure Certification Course (HIC).
“A joint surveillance with other agencies such as Health Department, Veterinary Department and local authorities were carried out 10 times in July at six centres in Johor Baru and four in other districts.
“Following the surveillance, the government have taken several actions against companies that did not follow the rules,” he said, adding that among the steps taken were issuing advice, reminder, warning and even suspending or revoking the companies halal certificate.
— The Star