Halal assurance along the entire supply chain is important to establish consumer confidence in the production, processing, storage, handling and marketing processes of halal goods. Six key areas are critical for halal assurance.
RAW MATERIAL RECEPTION
Receiving of raw materials (ingredients) and packaging materials is a critical checkpoint in assuring the integrity and wholesomeness of halal food. The raw materials should be halal and if processed materials are used, they should be verified to be halal compliant.
PROCESSING AND HANDLING
Good Hygienic Practices (GHPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GHPs) are integral to industrial production of halal products to ensure wholesomeness and safety of products. GHPs and GMPs prevent cross contamination with spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms, non halal materials as well as other hazardous substances.
Proper storage is critical to maintain halal integrity by preserving the compositional, nutritional and microbial quality of the product. It is equally critical to prevent contamination of halal with non halal material.
The management and control of outbound logistics of finished goods must ensure that the physical, compositional qualities and the halal integrity of the product are not compromised.
The marketing channel should provide the right environment to protect product integrity and prevent contamination of halal with non-halal materials.
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