Cotabato City council passes halal certification ordinance

Sunday, February 5, 2012

THE Cotabato City council has passed the halal certification ordinance authored by council member Abdullah Andang in support to concerted efforts pushing the regions halal industry.

Council majority flood leader Atty Froilan Melendrez said the ordinance is in consonance with the Consumers Welfare Act aimed at encouraging food manufacturers, hotels and restaurants, catering services/food handlers and other business establishment in the city to observe and practice halal processes under the guidance of the halal industry experts.

While few business establishments have been issued halal certificates by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board Inc in 2009, Melendrez noted there are some which display sticker or logo claiming to be halal certified.

The city legislator warns against unauthorised display of such sticker or logo with the corresponding penalties being imposed for any violation of the Halal Certification Ordinance.

The Halal Certification Ordinance stipulates fines for any violation.PIA