Iran launches integrated system for authorization of halal food

Press TV – Iran has launched an online system for monitoring and authorization of halal food which is a product permissible under the Islamic law.

An official from the Iranian agriculture ministry said on Sunday that the Integrated Halal System is aimed at expediting and coordinating administrative processes related to halal food production, exports and imports.

Peyman Falsafi said rolling out the new system is also in line with Iran’s efforts to become a regional and international hub for exports of halal food.

Falsafi added that the new system would cover all activities related to halal food in the country, including training people familiar with procedures and methods that ensure production of food is compliant with religious standards.

Iran’s agriculture ministry announced earlier this year that it had ordered slaughterhouses in Brazil, where meat is processed for exports to Iran, to install online cameras so that Iranian authorities could monitor their operations.

Authorities said later that such cameras had been installed in at least seven other countries with exports of meat to Iran.

The launch of the new hahal system would allow Iranian exporters of food and agricultural products to obtain the required certificates for shipping halal food to countries where there is a high demand for such products.

It comes amid increasing exports of agrifood from Iran as the country struggles to compensate for foreign currency losses suffered as a result of the American sanctions on its oil exports.

A majority of Iran’s exports of farming products are aimed at countries where there are strict regulations for halal food and where competition is growing between major Muslim countries to gain a better share of the halal market.