Kazakhstan introducing halal standards based on Malaysian experience

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ASTANA (TCA) — Galymzhan Dugalov, Chairman of the Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development, spoke about the work being done to introduce halal standards in Kazakhstan at a briefing on February 6, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

Dugalov said that the Ministry of Investment and Development does not participate in the formation of national standards for halal products. However, the ministry actively supports the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Kazakhstan (SBMK) in this issue, which assumed the mission of approving the halal standards in Kazakhstan.

Within the SBMK there is a special organization for the examination of halal products. It has approved a number of standards for halal products and processes based on the Malaysian experience. Today, active work is being done jointly with Malaysian authorities which approve such standards.

“On our part, we support the SBMK in this matter: we conduct relevant seminars. We are implementing a project jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and the German Society for International Cooperation. We are working on the implementation of these halal standards in Kazakhstan, taking into account international experience,” said Dugalov.

He also said that when assigning standards, it is necessary to conduct laboratory tests. Such laboratories can be accredited with the Ministry of Investment and Development.

“Moreover, tests and research should be conducted at the DNA level,” Dugalov emphasized.

Sergey Kwan

TCA