In the Islamic economy, the absence of a universal halal standard and its implementation remains a global challenge for exporters who have to deal with many different standards and requirements. In August and September UAE authorities withdrew two types of imported Kikkoman soy sauces from the market after discovering they contained alcohol.
Salaam Gateway spoke to halal industry experts and found certification requirement differences between the UAE and GCC as well as Malaysia, leading to them calling for mandatory certification of all soy sauces to avoid confusion moving forward.
While the UAE’s government-regulated halal standard and certification system continues to find its feet, Indonesia is only now fully addressing the need for its own halal ecosystem to be significantly strengthened. Last week, the country officially launched its new Halal Products Guarantee Body.