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Procedure for Halal Certification and Supervision

It is the intention of this organization to provide an effective, efficient, yet thorough set of procedures in order to obtain certification for Halal products. Upon the granting of Halal accreditation, it should be noted that there must be continuous conformity to Halal standards. If any of these standards are breached or compromised, Halal accreditation will be revoked immediately.

The procedures for obtaining Halal certification of products are listed below.

Step 1: Request for Halal Food Council Certification and Supervision

The applicant will submit an application requesting certification of products for Halal consideration. A copy of the application is attached. The approval process begins when the completed application is received by Halal Food Council.

Step 2: Submission of Documentation

The applicant will furnish to Halal Food Council documentation that pertains to, but is not limited to, ingredient specifications sheets, information on any and all production plant locations that will be producing the Halal product, and may include disclosure of any previous experience with other Halal-certifying bodies. Halal Food Council acknowledges that any and all information submitted will be dealt with in strict confidence and will not be used for any other purpose other than evaluating products for certification purposes.

Step 3: Inspection of the Facilities

After complete review of the above information, an appointment will be made for an inspector from Halal Food Council to visit the facility or facilities that will be producing the Halal product. An inspection report will be presented to the company’s representative with an initial finding stating either approval, approval with modifications to be made, or reasons for rejection. In the instances of rejection, the inspector will list those conditions that need to be met in order for approval to be granted. Another inspection may be necessary to insure compliance.

Step 4: Certification of Product

Upon successful completion of the above steps, a certificate of Halal accreditation will be issued to the applicant. If certification requires that an inspector be on location during production, a schedule and corresponding fee schedule will be determined. At this time, the applicant may display the Halal Food Council symbol. This certificate extends for one year from the date of issue and is renewable, as long as compliance with Halal standards is maintained.

Step 5: Fees

Upon successful approval, a certification fee will be assessed for the certification period of one year. Generally, this will take into consideration the number of different products being certified, the number of ingredients to be considered, the number of facilities involved, the amount of consulting or inspection time required, and the travel time and distance involved for inspection. A list of schedules fees will be provided after the receipt of the application or upon request.