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BBS demands Halal ban

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today demanded a complete ban on the Halal certification in Sri Lanka and to launch a new campaign to achieve that goal.

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary, the Venerable Galabodaththe Gnanasara thero said that they are against the new company formed to issue the Halal certification.

He said that the BBS will launch an agitation campaign to push for the complete ban on the Halal certificate.

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) said yesterday that the issuing of Halal certificates will continue under a new company formed by reputed and respected professionals in Sri Lanka.

The Division for Halaal Certification under the ACJU has stopped issuing Halal certificates effective 31st December 2013, ACJU said.

The latest development comes as a result of the expressions of Interest called from the public to facilitate the national need for contributing towards social cohesion and Sri Lanka’s economic development.

The role of ACJU in the future with regard to Halaal compliance audits and certifications would be, in providing consultations on any technicalities of the concept of Halaal compliance, as a social obligation and responsibility towards the Sri Lankan society while facilitating global requirements, ACJU said.

“The process that originated a few months ago, after consultations with various stakeholders, authorities and civil society representatives, the need for allowing an independent entity in the form of a company limited by guarantee, to facilitate this was deemed appropriate. The new company is expected to carry out compliance validation processes on request to meet both local consumer demands as well as international exports pre-requisites, similar to several other consumer good certifications currently available in Sri Lanka,” ACJU said.

ACJU says a transition plan is already in place for interested companies and existing firms to be introduced to the new entity based on requests from the commercial establishments.

The Halal issue was initially raised by the Bodhu Bala Sena who had opposed the Halal certification being issued by the ACJU

Author: TELO Media Team 1