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Halal food approval given to 47 firms

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Share:
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The Ministry of Commerce has granted halal certifications to 47 local business since the label was created last year in the Kingdom, the ministry said.

It noted those businesses given the go-ahead comply with halal standards based on Syrian laws.

More than 70 have now applied for certifications from the Cambodian Halal Steering Committee. Obtaining the certificate takes about one month and involves an inspection of the business’ premises by officials.

“Companies must bear in mind that if they wish to have the certificate they must ensure their food is prepared in strict adherence to Halal standards,” said the agency.

Although the halal industry is still in its nascent stage, experts believed that industry has a high potential in the Kingdom.

Cambodia has great potential in the halal industry and wants more investors to consider investing in the sector, said a minister close to Prme Minister Hun Sen.

Ly Veasna, president of the Cambodia Islamic Business Association, demand for halal food in Cambodia is still relatively small but that there is plenty of room for it to grow.

Park Cafe Managing Director Heng Sengly, whose Phnom Penh airport branch was certified halal, enables the restaurant to attract both Muslim and non-Muslim customers as direct flights to Muslim-majority countries increase.

“In the future, we will consider pursuing halal recognition for more stores if the number of Muslim community increases significantly in the centre of Phnom Penh as well as in Siem Reap,” he said.

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