Chairman of DPP United Development Party (PPP) Romahurmuziy (right) received a souvenir from representatives of Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Asociate (THIDA) Abdulhameed Ma (third right) witnessed by Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Asociate (THIDA) member Salahuding Ma Chao Yen (second left) visited the PPP DPP Office in Jakarta, Monday (15/1/2018). The visit is in cooperation to discuss halal food products in Taiwan.
The current world Muslim population has been estimated to be 1.5 to 1.6 billions, or 1 out of 4 persons in the world is a Muslim. It is estimated that the Muslim market is worth 800 billion to 1.2 trillion US dollars per year, a very significant new market.
Taiwan is an export-oriented vigorous industrial economy. Over the last several decades, it has always been able to produce and supply all kinds of relatively inexpensive products with excellent and stable quality, often catered for different markets. In the recent years, industries of various fields such as agriculture, seafood, processed food, food flavoring, healthy food, bio-tech, pharmaceutics, cosmetics, and even food machinery, have approached Mosques in Taipei, Taichung, and other cities for Halal certification. Nearly 400 enterprises have obtained Halal certificates for some of their products, which have been successfully exported to the global Muslim market. Thus, a very good foundation has been laid down for Taiwan’s Halal Industry to exploit.
A Halal certified product is a product certified to be in compliance with a series of manufacturing standards specified according to the Islamic Law or ‘Shariah’. These standards regulate all the related aspects of the products, including its ingredients, feeds and slaughtering if animal based material, manufacturing process, hygiene and safety requirements, packaging, labeling, and transportation, etc. Meticulous care must be taken during the certification process to exclude any ingredient that is not compliant to Islamic Law, or has been contaminated by any incompliant material. Not only Halal food is Islamically legal for Muslims to consume, also appeals to the current consumer market trend, healthy, hygienic, and safe. Therefore, Halal products have emerged as a very important new business opportunity.
(Thejakartatimes/ Elvis Sendouw)