Lahore—Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that Pakistan Halal Food Authority will soon be established to promote trade in Halal food. He was speaking at the inaugural session of International Conference on Halal Foods, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics jointly organized by Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) in collaboration with Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) at PCSIR Complex on Monday.
The Minister said that government was making hectic efforts to provide 100 percent Halal food items to the people. He was of the view that Pakistan, being a Muslim country, must take initiative and enter halal food industry to get a big share in Halal market exports. Rana Tanveer said that Pakistan Halal Authority would promote the business in Halal food products to capture Pakistan’s share in the trillion of dollars international Halal food market. Pakistan Halal Authority will be tasked to recommend “Halal standards for government-notified articles and processes for adoption of Pakistan Halal Standards” in line with Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), he maintained. Tanveer urged PCSIR scientists to focus on need-based scientific research and thus contribute to economic progress in the country, a prime target of this government.
Earlier, speakers of different institutions said Halal food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics productions have immense importance for Muslims and non-Muslims all over the world. They said awareness for Halal products has increased among Muslims as the word Halal has become a symbol of healthy, wholesome and hygienic food. They said countries like India and Pakistan have relatively low consumer incomes and consequently exhibit lower per capita protein consumption. Despite lower income levels, this region has been at the forefront of capitalizing on the growing Halal market, it was added. Chairman PCSIR Dr. Shahzad Alam, DG Dr. Sakhawat Ali, Dr. Muhammad Muneer Chaudhry, Country Director Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America Prof. Dr. Javaid Aziz Awan and other seasoned scientists from research organizations, Academia and industry attended the conference.