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The First International Conference on Halal Food in Riyadh concluded this week with a key message for non-Muslim countries exporting food to Islamic countries to strictly adhere to Islamic regulations with regard to ensuring products are halal, according to MENAFN – Arab News.

Making his concluding remarks, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) President Mohammed Al-Kanhal said countries importing halal food from non-Muslim countries should jointly present a proposal stipulating the requirements for halal food in accordance with Islamic guidelines.

He stressed that the rules should cover the right form of slaughtering of animals (not by electric shock).

The form of production and additives used in the preparation should be spelled out in all food labels, supported with proper halal certification. He requested the scientific committee of the conference to prepare a set of recommendations based on the discussions during the four-day conference.

“Such resolutions should be forwarded for necessary consideration by the Muslim World League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,” he added.

The conference also heard that the Muslim world should be vigilant over the food chain for animals being supplied for meat.

Full story at MENAFN – Arab News

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