17 Ramadan World Halal Day in the World
As GIMDES and WHC, we organize various celebrations and events every year for 17 Ramadan World Halal Day, the day the first halal verse is revealed. Many HCBs, brothers and sisters all over the world unite and also celebrate this beautiful day. Here are some of them: ISWA Halal Certification Department (USA) ISWA Halal is organizing a webinar to celebrate 17 Ramadan World Halal Day and welcome the celebration messages of all the brothers and sisters. Here is the link for the meeting which will take place at 11 am Washington Time: https://webinar.gomeet.com/933-509-518 Halal Greece and Halal Balkans Halal Greece and Halal Balkans have provided Iftar aid to 500 orphans and people in need in Syria, which unfortunately has been devastated by the long-lasting war in the region, on behalf of 17 Ramadan World Halal Day. May Allah (SWT) accept their good deeds and make it a good example for all. Agency for Halal Standards (Macedonia) We celebrate World Halal Day and congratulate GIMDES, the World Halal Council and all WHC members on the World Halal Day, which also coincides with the Day of Badr, and we wish these blessed days to be Khair to everyone. Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, we will again not be able to join the events that are organized in Istanbul every 17 Ramadan. ICSA Halal (South Africa) We celebrate the 17 Ramadan World Halal Day of all our brothers and sisters. We are attending a radio program to talk about World Halal Day and celebrate it. Halal Control (Germany) HALAL CONTROL Germany wishes all Muslims a blessed World Halal Day and Ramadan. American Halal Foundation (USA) We congratulate you on the celebration of the upcoming World Halal Day on 17th Ramadan. May Allah reward all brothers and sisters in this month of Ramadan with His Rahmah. The Halal Catering Argentina Ramadán Karim inshallah. We, from The Halal Catering Argentina HCB we would like to join our brothers and sisters with the world Halal day this 17 of Ramadhan inshallah. We make a food zakat Action to a “Solidarian Feeding”. Thank you very much for this activity in this special month of shaher Ramadan alhamdulillah. Associate Professor Dr. Hajah Mariam binti Abdul Latif It is with great pleasure for me to say Happy Ramadhan Kareem to all of you and wishing you all the World Halal Day!!! It is such a noble effort to develop this World Halal Day in uniting all the HCBs throughout the world and to pinpoint the importance of appreciating halal and tayyiban matters in halal food production and trade. I hope it will continue to be celebrated and more activities can be organized on this special day. Insha Allah!!! Dr. A. Majid Katme (MBBCh, DPM) Muslims All Over the World Need Badly to Put Their Halal Meat House in Order! It is good golden opportunity in Ramadan to remember and fix all the above problems and concerns which are mentioned above on THE WORLD HALAL DAY/17 Ramadan so we can sort them out in order to have all: TRUE HALAL TAYYIB MEAT insha ALLAH…especially in Ramadan Ottoman Distributors (Mauritius) OTTOMAN DISTRIBUTORS believes that each Muslim has a duty and responsibility to spread Halal globally and to ease the access to halal products and services to our Muslim Brothers and Sisters worldwide. We must all strive to give the halal lifestyle prominence. Every small atom of contribution on the Halal way is important. We are happy to present you our simple slogan: ’17 Ramadan- World Halal Day: ONE DAY TO CELEBRATE ONE YEAR OF HALAL LIFESTYLE’
Toxic Ethylene Oxide in Foods
Since September last year, thousands of food products have been recalled due to contamination with the carcinogenic and banned pollutant ethylene oxide, especially in France. However foodwatch raised the alert that not all EU Member States were taking the action needed. After weeks of discussions, the European Commission heeds the foodwatch alert and calls for a strong political response from across the EU to this new food scandal.
For the first time on 9 September 2020, Belgium reported via the European rapid alert system RASFF that sesame seeds from India were contaminated with ethylene oxide. While ethylene oxide is used to combat fungi and bacteria in a number of countries outside the EU, it is banned in EU food production. Residues in food violate European food law. No safe level of exposure
Nearly 7.000 batches of food products were recalled in France, much less in other Member states. France implemented strong measures and has already recalled nearly 7,000 batches of food products since autumn 2020. Items range from sesame seeds to ice cream, pepper, ginger, shallots, coffee, bread, cookies, and ready meals. However, other countries of the European Union did not take such measures and some were reported to have hardly recalled any of the contaminated products.
In June, foodwatch alerted the Commission by letter on the non-compliance of several EU countries in removing these foodstuffs from the market. Additionally, foodwatch offices in Germany and the Netherlands put pressure on their respective governments to protect consumer’s health and apply the EU legislation correctly. After a series of long debates at EU level about whether the regulations should be followed to the letter, as happened in France, the Commission’s decision was announced on 16 July: all Member States will have to guarantee the health safety of Europeans and recall on mass the products affected by this ethylene oxide contamination, including those products containing locust bean gum (E410) – a thickening agent often used in ice cream.
The European Commission’s decision clearly states:
“Member States concluded that, in accordance with legal provisions set out in the General Food Law COM 178/2002:
for the products that contain the additive E410 known to be contaminated with ethylene oxide no safe level of exposure for consumers can be defined and hence any level consumers may be exposed to, presents a potential risk to consumers; consequently, it is necessary, in order to ensure a high level of health protection, that the food or feed business operators who have placed such products on the EU market shall, under the control of the national competent authorities, withdraw those products from the EU market, and recall them from consumers. “
A weak recall not good enough
On June 28, foodwatch France was informed that French authorities started to communicate to operators (manufacturers, distributors) the possibility of a slackening in the recalls of products contaminated with ethylene oxide.
Indeed, documents to which foodwatch had access indicated that the Commission and the Member States were seriously considering a relaxation of the recalls by allowing on the European market products containing ingredients illegally treated with ethylene oxide – such as locust bean gum (E410), but for which the operators had not been able to measure this contamination in the final product, as it is below the detectable threshold of 0.02mg/kg (for products manufactured before June 14, 2021).
At this point foodwatch sounded the alarm. This move away from clearly written rules of food safety was unacceptable. Foods needs to be traceable along the entire production and if this traceability shows that they have been treated with this illegal substance, it is a clear violation of Articles 11 and 14 of the General Food Law (EU Regulation 178/2002). Some European countries and manufacturers tried to minimize the health risks of Ethylene Oxide. However this is a carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substance which, according to the Anses (French National Agency for Health Safety of Food, Environment and Work), presents a clear health risk: “Even very low levels of exposure are associated with an excess risk of cancer.”
European regulations exist to protect citizens but all too often they are poorly implemented within the Member States, which claim the right to interpret them as they see fit.
17th Day Of Ramadan/ World Halal Day
As is well known, various days are celebrated by attribute a meaning. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, World Youth Day and World Food Day are such prominent days. However, we haven’t had a special day that containing “Halal life” which is vital to us. In view of this fact, after consultation with many scholars and brothers around the world, we agreed to declare the 17th day of Ramadan as World Halal Day, because the first ayat about Halal was ayat 69 of Sura Anfal (8:69 ) and this ayat was revealed on the 17th day of Ramadan in 624. We hope that the 17th day of Ramadan will be a day for the Unity of Muslims and we will see that it will be celebrated with great enthusiasm among all Muslims, inshaAllah. What is World Halal Day? The World Halal Day will be a special day celebrating, supporting and unifying the “Halal” movement around the world. When will be World Halal Day? World Halal Day will be commemorated each Ramadan, particularly on the 17th day of the holy month. Ramadan depends on Hijri calendar, so the date is different according to Gregorian calendar. This year 17th Ramadan will be 29th April and World Halal day will be commemorated on this date. What is the purpose of World Halal Day? World Halal Day will be celebrated with the intention of raising awareness and consciousness of of Halal and Tayyib concept and expanding it as much as possible. It will be a day unifying individuals and societies without politics or other reasons causing disagree. Who organizes World Halal Day? The World Halal Council is the inspirer and supporter of this initiative. Halal belongs to the whole Umma, therefore, World Halal Day is a common day of all Muslim brothers living in different parts of the world. In this regard, the Halal World Council will organize activities to introduce, explain and disseminate the message of the importance of World Halal Day in its regions. In addition, the World Halal Council encourages and supports other Halal certification bodies and agencies to organize activities on this date.
Halal World Council General Assembly
The Halal Greece European Certification Center , participated in the 17th Halal World Council (WHC) General Assembly in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Halal Greece was represented by its President, Mr Abdulhalim Dede.
The majority of WHC members attended this important event.
This meeting coincided with the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Halal World Council.The 17th Halal World Council General Assembly was held November 12-15 at the Sultan Hotel & Residence in Jakarta, Indonesia.
At this General Assembly, 4 Halal certification bodies (HCBs) received their approval and were upgraded to full members of the WHC.
The HCBs who become full members are:
Halal Control (Germany),
Halal North Macedonia (Northern Macedonia),
Halal Balkans (Bulgaria) and
Al Amin (Australia).
In addition, 16 new applications were submitted during the event.
Halal Greece and all members of the WHC participated in the meeting of the ISEF (Indonesian Economic Festival Sharia).
This festival, with the participation of ministers and bureaucrats along with the president, lasted 4 days.
It was decided to hold an interim meeting from April 1 to April 4 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the next general meeting in November 2020 in Manila, Philippines.
Halal Greece attend the 1st General Assembly of The Association of Halal Certifiers (AHAC)
(Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, three elected board members)
The 1st General Assembly of The Association of Halal Certifiers (AHAC) was held on 01 December 2019 in Elite World Europe Hotel-Istanbul, Turkey.
AHAC is an independent association of reputable Halal Certification bodies from all over the World, aiming to protect the interests of Halal Certifiers, enhance the share of experience and good practices in Halal certification activities and increase the quality of Halal certification.
During the meeting, the board members were elected.
Chairman: Farruh Azimov (Lithuania) (Λιθουανία)
Vice President: Damir Alihodzic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
General Secretary: İlhami Aktürk (Turkey)
Treasurer: Irek Ziganshin (Tatarstan)
Board member: Abdülhalim Dede (Greece)
Board member: Firdous Aboobakar (United Kingdom)
Board member: Samad Sadykov (Russian)
Halal Greece met with the Minister of Religious Affairs of Indonesia In Indonesia
The Halal Greece European Certification Center – “Halal Greece “, following an invitation, participated in Indonesia at the ISEF (Indonesia Sharia Economic Festival) and at the 1st HALAL International Dialogue Meeting for 2019, held in Jakarta Conference Center on November 12-16. 2019.
The President of the European Halal Certification Center “Halal Greece “, Mr. Abdulhalim DEDE, on the sidelines of the ISEF festival, met with the Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs, Mr. Fachrul RAZI.
ISEF is an initiative of the Central Bank of Indonesia in collaboration with all key stakeholders of the Indonesian Islamic Economic and Financial Industry to build an international event in the Islamic economic and financial sector.
Mr Dede explained to Minister Fachrul RAZI the efforts made by Halal Greece to protect the rights of Muslim consumers in Greece and the problems that must be resolved in the Halal process worldwide.
Halal Greece signs MOU with GİMDES
Halal Greece signs MOU with GİMDES
Halal Greece signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GİMDES the Halal certification association in Turkey. The MOU was signed to increase the level of cooperation between both organizations.
The MOU was signed by Mr. Abdulhalim DEDE on behalf of Halal Greece and by Dr. Hüseyin Kami BÜYÜKÖZER on behalf of GİMDES.
The objective of the MOU is to set rules for the parties to recognize each other and initiate cooperation between Parties on the development of Halal Certification and Halal Promotion. The MOU confirms both parties accept each other as International partners and supporter of each other activities.
‘Halal Greece’ participated in World Halal Summit & 7 OIC Halal Expo 2019
European Centre of Halal Certification “Halal Greece ” Attend the activities of World Halal Summit & 7 OIC Halal Expo 2019 in Turkey
World Halal Summit & 7 OIC Halal Expo 2019 in Turkey were held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey in collaboration with Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) at Eurasia Show and Art Center between 28 November and 01 December 2019.
European Centre of Halal Certification “Halal Greece ” was represented by its President, Abdulhalim Dede.
The Halal summit was good chance to exchange the experiences with the other Halal certification bodies.
Importance of Halal Certification
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means unlawful or prohibited. This term is applicable for the food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients and food contact materials.
Halal Certificate assures that the products are thoroughly checked in accordance to the Islamic Shariah Laws by the concerned board. As Halal consumers/buyers accept and buy only the products certified with Halal seal, it is necessary to obtain this certain before you sell or export your products to the Halal buyers. You would have known the purpose of Halal certification from the above information. Now know its importance for the manufacturers, suppliers, exporters and sellers.
The primary reason for Halal Certification is to serve the national and international Muslim communities in meeting their religious compliance. The concept of Halal applies to a wide range of goods and services used in a Muslim’s daily life. Muslim consumers choose products because it is in compliance with the process and procedure as defined by Islamic Law.
Halal Certification enables you market your products to various countries mainly in the countries where Muslims are more in number.
The certificate enables you to penetrate in the halal market easily. While exporting products, it helps you to meet the requirements of importing countries.
Halal certified products are of high demand mainly in the Southeast Asia and the Middle East which are the largest marketers of Halal products.
Halal certification significantly enhances the marketability of your products.
If you are exporting or planning to export to Muslim-majority countries then the Halal certificate will allow you to meet one of the important requirements by the importing countries.
A Halal certificate is a guarantee that the products comply with the Islamic dietary requirements or Islamic lifestyle.
Halal is for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Muslim or not – Halal is the ultimate stamp of purity and safety guaranteeing superior quality products. Muslims do only eat Halal food; however non-Muslims can eat Halal food.