Uttar Pradesh Bans Halal Certification of Food Products: What You Need to Know

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The Uttar Pradesh government has enforced an immediate ban on the production, storage, distribution, and sale of food products with Halal certification.

For Muslim communities, Halal certification ensures products are free of ‘haram’ elements such as alcohol or pig fat.

Beyond meat, Halal certification has been extended to non-meat items globally, that do not contain any animal by-products, alcohol, or other substances that are forbidden in Islam.

Nowadays, it has been observed that various products, including dairy, sugar, bakery items, peppermint oil, salty snacks, and edible oils, have Halal certification.

The order (Ban) argues that the Halal certification of food products, deviate from established standards, raising concerns about the confusion it creates regarding the quality of the items.

The order cites Section 89 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, asserting that the parallel system of Halal certification creates confusion about food quality.

The ban particularly targets medicines, medical devices, and cosmetics featuring Halal certification on their packaging or labeling.

The order points out that there is no mention of Halal certification in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and its related rules, emphasizing the need for adherence to existing legal frameworks.

The UP government clarified that products meant for export are exempted from this new order (Halal certification packaging or labeling ban).

The government has warned of strict legal measures against those found violating the ban on Halal-certified products.

The ban is motivated by concerns that Halal certificates on vegetarian products, where such certification is unnecessary, indicate a deliberate criminal conspiracy targeting a specific community.

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