Jakim to issue list of licenced meat importers to allay doubts

KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) will issue a list of licensed meat importers in the country to reduce public concern about their halal status, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

He said further discussions were also being held with Jakim’s halal management division to resolve the matter.

“I also understand that the licence to sell the meat also involves other ministries. Therefore, we will work more closely with the ministries involved.

“I will look into this issue and review any form of problems related to Jakim’s halal certification. If there are any weaknesses, we will improve them,” he told reporters at the Dewan Negara today.

“I promise immediate action will be taken within Jakim’s standards and jurisdiction,” he told reporters after inspecting a centre for imported frozen meat, Lucky Frozen Sdn Bhd, here today.

On the setting up of the RCI, Zulkifli had asked to be given time to discuss it first.

“We need to do an indepth study. But it will not take long, two or three days or a week for us to see the response and information on the things that we can tackle immediately,” he said.

The media reported that a meat cartel was believed to be involved in smuggling non-certified meat from China, Ukraine, Brazil and Argentina before repackaging them with fake halal labels at a warehouse in Senai, Johor.


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