Govt to expand scope of research in halal food: Shibli

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Staff Reporter

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz Tuesday said that Pakistan would expand its scope of research in the field of ‘halal food’ with support of the Muslim countries.

He was addressing a commencement ceremony of a three-day COMSTECH training course entitled “How to establish Halal food testing laboratory?” being here.

He emphasized that research in the relevant field should bring benefit to the people of Pakistan and the entire humanity and said that research should yield to patent and then be commercialized.

Faraz said his ministry was paying focus on strengthening its institutions and taking steps for developing coordination between market and universities.

The minister said that by our conviction, Islam is a way of life and sets food standards for humanity.

Faraz emphasized on ensuring quality of halal food items and said that the labs should have capacity to determine halal and haram (unlawful) with the focus on complete food value chain.

The minister encouraged all Halal industry related institutions to develop mechanism for increasing capacities and advised that universities should be part of this as well.