Mohamad Nordin was commenting on Federal Territory and Selangor Malay Muslim Food Operators’ Association (Permas) president Ayob Abd Majid suggestion that Jakim impose mandatory requirement to restaurant owners and operators to obtain halal certification first before starting their operations.
He said Malaysia’s Halal Verification Certificate (SPHM) was a voluntary effort as per the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 and Trade Descriptions (Halal Definition) Order 2011.
Thus far, there are no regulations that require any food premise operators and owners to obtain SPHM either from Jakim, or the State Islamic Religious Department and the State Islamic Religious Council, he added.
“The proposal for mandatory requirement of halal certification to all food premises will require feedback from various parties,” he added.
Mohamad Nordin also advised all restaurant operators and food product manufacturers to obtain halal certificates from Jakim to ensure the food being sold were halal as well as enhancing consumers’ confidence. — Bernama