The Halal Products Verification Commission (CEHP) held its first meeting on Tuesday to draw up an action plan for the implementation and promotion of halal products in Cambodia.
Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce and chairman of the Halal Products Verification Commission (CEHP), said Halal is an important issue for the government. “Halal products are in high demand not only in Muslim countries but also in other countries,” Sorasak said at the meeting.
The minister encouraged the technical team, in particular specialists in Halal products and officials from the General Department for Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud (CCF) to look into the various aspects of Halal products and advertising.
“CEHP continues to improve service quality and encourage the application for technical certification of Cambodian Halal products and the collection of public service fees for the registration and technical certification of Cambodian Halal products. In addition, it promotes confidence in the use of the Cambodian Halal logo by promoting the professional implementation of relevant laws and technical regulations. It also promotes public awareness of Halal products,” he added.
Phan Oun, director-general of CCF, said that the technical certification of halal products in Cambodia has issued 221 applications and 196 certificates for 100 enterprises, handicrafts and restaurants, equivalent to 619 products.
SIN Sideth, deputy general director of CCF, told the Khmer Times that halal products refer to raw materials and products that occur naturally or are manufactured according to the technical standard for halal products, which does not contradict the provisions of Islamic law.
Halal foods comply with Islamic law, which prohibits pork and requires animals to be slaughtered in a specific way.
“The number of foreign travelers visiting Cambodia has increased, particularly from Muslim countries. So the country would focus on halal food in restaurants and hotels. The halal food industry would boost the economy if Cambodia adopts the standards. Foods that qualify for certification would comply with Islamic law, local laws and food safety and labeling standards,” he said.
The Minister of Commerce will ensure the quality of Halal food in the Kingdom and raise awareness among Cambodians.
Meanwhile, the Cambodia Islamic Business Association stated that the demand for halal food in Cambodia is still relatively low, but there is plenty of room for growth. The potential is immense, but unfortunately there is little interest in investing in the sector.