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Intertek and IHIA join hands for collaboration on GHMS
Thursday, 28 January, 2010, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
UK-based Intertek Group plc, provider of quality and safety solutions to a wide range of industries, has joined the International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHIA) in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT) and Halal India Pvt. Ltd (HI) to implement the Global Halal Management System (GHMS).

The GHMS is a set of standards and regulations for which the Halal certification practice is set against to implement a global accreditation standard.

At present, the global market value for trade in Halal foods is estimated at $547 billion a year. The world Muslim population is approaching 1.6 billion people. Muslims are expected to account for 30% of the world’s population by 2025.

The unique system addresses products, processes and systems with a detailed framework to meet current industry demands. Specifically, the GHMS covers five major elements – food safety assurance plans, Halal fundamental requirements (shariah aspect), quality management systems, corporate social responsibility and environmental management and sustainability. Pichate Satirachaval of CICOT, said, “I am pleased that the collaboration and co-operation of the GHMS by Intertek and its partners will further strengthen the support structure for Halal food process systems and look forward to the growth of Halal in Thailand as well as globally.”

According to wikipedia, there are around 1.3 billion Muslims in the world and 1.5 billion halal consumers which means that one out of every four human beings consumes halal products. The difference of 0.2 billion between the halal consumers and Muslims is accounted for by non-Muslims living in Muslim-majority countries where most foods are halal, such as Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Intertek’s role will be to complement the Halal certification body by operating as a partner and provider for non-shariah quality and safety solutions, from auditing and inspection to testing, quality assurance and certification aspects.

Intertek and CICOT will continue development of a Halal Laboratory to conduct product testing for Halal standards and regulatory requirements, as agreed upon earlier this year. Intertek will also provide support on all quality activities (food quality and safety, QMS) for CICOT to effectively facilitate Halal certification programs (THS 24000:2552).
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