Muslim group to release halal standards

THE NATIONAL Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is eyeing the release of accreditation standards for halal-certifying bodies as required by law by next month, an official said yesterday.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Tahir S. Lidasan, Jr., NCMF external relations and halal technical and accreditation unit director, said that the NCMF is currently working on the accreditation standards for halal-certifying bodies.

“The NCMF is crafting standards for accreditation of halal-certifying bodies. Our target is to release this by next month, in July,” he said.

He said the NCMF is coming up with accreditation standards for halal-certifying bodies as required by Republic Act (RA) No. 9997 or the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act.

Section 8h of RA 9997 states that among the functions of the NCMF is to promote and develop the Philippine Halal Industry and accredit halal-certifying entities or bodies for the benefit of Muslim Filipinos.

Halal refers to the prescribed process of preparation of products according to Islamic law.

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