SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association) — A two day International Training Workshop on Halal Food Management started today (4th June, 12 ) at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore. Many respected participants including Dr. Winai Dahlan, Founder and Director of The Halal Science Centre – Thailand, Dr. Mian Nadeem Riaz, Director Food protein R&D Centre, A&M University – U.S.A, Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer – Halal Research Council, Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Director General – National Institute of Food Science and Technology – University of Agriculture – Faisalabad, Justice Khalil ur Rehman, Shari’ah Advisor – AlBaraka Islamic Bank were in attendance.
The workshop was jointly organized by the Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company – Govt. of the Punjab, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), Pakistan Society of Food Scientists and Technologists, National Institute of Food Science, Technology University of Agriculture and the Halal Research Council.
While addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Mr. Justice Khalil ur Rehman said that the research on Halal food is very much needed globally so that Muslims could have food which is free from Haram ingredients, which is the basic need of our religion. He further added that awareness regarding Halal Food is very much needed in Pakistan. While addressing the inaugural session, Mr. Nasib Ahmed Saifi, Chairman – Standing Committee on Halal Meat Export, Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said that Pakistan has many opportunities for the export of Halal Meat but due to the direct export of livestock, Halal meat exports are badly affected. He said that due to export of livestock, 12 Industries, including the leather and gelatin industry, are badly affected.
Dr. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Director General – National Institute of Food science and Technology, University of Agriculture in Faisalabad said that the arrangement of International training on Halal Food is commendable as it will not only provide the valuable information to the Food Scientists regarding Halal Concepts but they would also get advantage from the International best practices regarding this.
Dr. Winai Dahlan, Founder Director of the Halal Science centre in Thailand, said that Pakistan has an important place in Halal Industry due to its 97% Muslim population and its agro-economy enlightens and embosses its role in it.
Dr. Nadeem Riaz, A&M University, Texas, U.S.A presented the international circumstances in detail regarding the awareness of Halal and how the Muslims are being mislead by the use of Halal logos use wrongfully.
The Chief Executive Officer of the organiser, Halal Research Council, said that Pakistan is being introduced as a Halal hub globally, and by using the logo of Halal, its exports can be strongly boosted. He also said that Halal Research Council is going to launch its online Post Graduate Diploma on the Halal Industry which would be a unique program of its kind. — www.shafaqna.com