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Capacity Building on the Development of Halal Food Production Standard and Food Safety

 

This programme was organised by the National Food Institute (NFI) of Thailand with financial support of WAITRO and SME Bank of Thailand. I, M.N.A. Mubarak, Principal Research Scientist of the Industrial Technology Institute, represented Sri Lanka. All together there were 14 participants from eight countries, namely Cameroon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Jordan. The programme was held at the Al Meroze Hotel in Thailand and this hotel is the first halal certified hotel in Thailand. The selection of the nature of the programme venue added an extra value and participants were very happy about the venue. We all enjoyed popular Thai halal food recipes throughout our stay.


The programme consists of two parts. Part I is a five-day seminar with resource persons from Turkey, Malaysia and Jordan. There were also speakers from scientific institutes of Thailand, among which are from NFI and CICOT. Part II was the implementation of the study; consisting of factory visits and market surveys.


According to the Islamic Sharia law, the halal food concept is very simple. However, new technological developments of the food industry are becoming more and more complex. Due to the breathtaking technological development today and the diversification of sources acquired globally for food processing and production, numerous processed foods are available in the market. It is increasingly difficult for Muslims during this challenging time to ensure the halal status of food in the market. This trend has raised concerns among Muslim consumers regarding new processed food and other consumer products. This was discussed among the participants of the workshop and we all shared our experience. We also learned about the Islamic Sharia law with respect to halal and its implementation in different certification bodies.


In addition to the complex nature of the food processing industry, food adulteration is an issue of major quality concern in the food trade and industry globally. Adulteration involving the replacement of costly ingredients with inferior and cheaper substitutes is common practice in many countries. Adulteration of food products can be very attractive and lucrative for food manufacturers or raw material suppliers, e.g. melamine adulteration issue in infant formula.  Adulteration of any non-halal/hazardous component in halal food renders the food to become non-halal or haram. This issue was a big concern among the participants. We discussed on the matter and tried to find ways to minimise the contamination. We also shared knowledge on analytical techniques that could be used to analyse the contaminants and hazardous substances in food before they are certified as halal. Other matters that we discussed were genetically modified (GM) food and the challenges faced in certifying GM food as halal.


Many cases were shared among the participants of worldwide reports in previous years such as adulteration of haram or shubhah ingredients with food especially porcine-based products in halal food, e.g. in Malaysia, there were issues on non-halal moon cakes, sausages using non-halal casing, haram fish, among others. In the United Kingdom, the Food Standards Agency conducted a test for authenticity of chicken in the market had found pig and cattle DNA in halal-labelled chicken. In Indonesia, there were episodes on ‘Pig Fat Scare’, and the food ingredient MSG was found to be adulterated with enzymes derived from pigs.


Finally, concerning all the above issues, participants are in view that to comply with halal requirements, more stringent auditing/monitoring system is needed by halal authorities of each of the participants’ countries. Reliable state-of-the-art scientific methods are required for analysis of non-halal components (e.g. porcine origin, alcohol) in halal food. Analytical techniques become the major challenge for authentication of halal food and more research is needed.


Benefits gained through participating in the programme

Gained knowledge on Thailand halal standards and halal certification processes

Gained knowledge on organisation structure of CICOT at its activities

Learned about the Islamic principal of halal certification as per the Sharia Law

Met experts and theologists of other countries who work on halal certification. I also had the opportunity to discuss their protocols on halal certification and this will be a benefit for me to share new developments related to the subject.

I was able to build a strong relationship with other halal certification bodies of the region through which we can exchange our experience, weaknesses and future developments on halal certification activities.


Benefits to my Institute

Knowledge received from this workshop could help to develop new testing services related to halal testing.

This workshop enabled me to build a strong relationship with the experts of other halal certification authorities through which we could exchange our experience, weaknesses and future developments on halal certification.

At this workshop I met experts and theologists from other countries who work on halal certification activities for their countries, which is a benefit for us to share new developments related to the subject.

The relationship that I made with NFI and CICOT Thailand officials will help us to remove most of the technical issues on halal certification activities.

 
Call for Participation at the 32nd Khwarizmi International Award 2019

 
New Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment of Malaysia

 

H.E. Yeo Bee Yin has been appointed as the new Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment of Malaysia on July 2, 2018. She earned her Masters degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Petronas of Malaysia.

 

 
The 4th International Symposium on Applied Chemistry (ISAC) 2018

Dear Colleagues,


The Organising Committee cordially invites you to attend the 4th International Symposium on Applied Chemistry (ISAC) 2018 that will be held from November 1–2, 2018 at the Indonesia Convention Center (ICE), Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD), Indonesia. This annual symposium is widely recognised as the premier topical conference for matters related to applied chemistry in Indonesia. Presented papers will be published in AIP Conference Proceeding (indexed by Scopus).


As a part of our appreciation to participants, selected participants will obtain a free pass to join a Workshop on Structural Identification and Elucidation (NMR/FTIR/MS System) on October 31, 2018 at the Research Center for Chemistry – LIPI, Serpong, Banten.


Important Dates:

•    Call for Paper: February 1, 2018

•    Deadline for Full Paper Submission: July 15, 2018

•    Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2018

•    Final Submission for Revised Full Paper: September 1, 2018

•    Deadline for Registration/Payment: October 1, 2018

•    Workshop Event: October 31, 2018

•    Conference Event: November 1-2, 2018

 

Please visit the website for registration and detailed information at: http://situs.opi.lipi.go.id/isac2018/


For questions regarding the event please contact the Organising Committee at:

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Phone: +62-21-756-0929


 
Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan named UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace

Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan

named UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for

Peace

© UNESCO/Christelle ALIX

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will name Princess Sumaya bint Hassan of Jordan as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (2017-2019) in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 2 October at 7 pm.

Princesse Sumaya bint El Hassan is named in recognition of her efforts to promote science as a power to bring countries together and contribute to positive changes in society, for her commitment to strengthening the development of scientific thinking in her native country and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”

As a UNESCO Special Envoy, the Princess will support the work of the Organization in science diplomacy, notably during the forthcoming World Science Forum, which will take place in Jordan from 7 to 11 November.

A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is passionate about science and has been the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan since 2006. She is also the Deputy-Chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a government body that advises Jordan on public policy issues relating to science and technology. Princess Sumaya has supported SESAME, the Synchroton-light for experimental science and applications in the Middle East, located in Allan, Jordan.

UNESCO Special Envoys are exceptional personalities who serve as standard-bearers for the Organization. Through their professional activities and personal charisma, they help ensure that UNESCO’s message is heard worldwide.

 

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Taken from: https://en.unesco.org/news/princess-sumaya-bint-hassan-jordan-named-unesco-special-envoy-science-peace

 


 
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