The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has granted halal certifications to nine businesses that implemented the halal standards based on Islamic laws, said a media release from the Cambodian Halal Secretariat yesterday.
The Cambodian Halal Secretariat said about 23 companies and enterprises applied for the Halal Certificate from the Cambodian Halal Steering Committee at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).
However, the ministry issued only nine certificates so far but the secretariat is still working on the requests from the remaining applicants.
The nine businesses are Park Cafe Restaurant (Phnom Penh International Airport Branch), MK Halal Food Canteen, MLH Sacha Inchi Oil, Taste of Asia Restaurant (Phnom Penh International Airport branch), Ly Ly Food Industry, Leang Leng Enterprise, Thaung Enterprise, and Bokor Rice Products Company.
“The Cambodian Halal Technical Working Group and the Cambodian Halal Secretariat will continue to check other companies and enterprises such as restaurant, food court, slaughterhouses that applied for the halal logo and halal certificate,” the Cambodian Halal Secretariat indicated.
Tuy Sokneng, food safety and quality assurance manager at Leang Leng Enterprise, told Khmer Times that six items from his enterprise have been certified Halal. The products are Leang Leng Osyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Chili Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, and Sweet Chili Sauce.
Mr Sokneng said through the halal certificate his company will be able to expand in the market targeting Cambodian Muslim consumers and foreigners living in the country.
“Now we will target both Muslim and non-Muslim customers and we will consider exporting our products to Islamic countries in the future,” Mr Sokneng added.
Heng Sengly, general manager of Park Cafe, a restaurant chain, told Khmer Times the branch at the airport followed the halal standards, and will now build trust among Muslims and non-Muslim customers alike.
Mr Sengly said for the time being, his company has selected the Phnom Penh International Airport to serve halal food to all domestic and international passengers due to high demand for halal food at this location.
“A lot of Muslims are in and out the Phnom Penh International airport and they have difficulty finding halal food. The halal certification is a chance for us to serve them.
“This is now the only restaurant that will serve Halal food to all people” he said, adding that, “We hope sales will increase as now our services are targeting all the market segments.”
He said the chain is looking forward to have Halal restaurants in other airports in Cambodia that is Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Mr Sengly said there are more than 40 incoming flights in Phnom Penh International Airport, and among them, there are a large number of passengers from Islamic Countries such as Qatar, Arab Emirate, Indonesia, Malaysia and a large number of Muslims from Singapore.
Sim Mohddaud, member of the Highest Council for Islamic Religious Affairs of Cambodia, said previously the halal label will lure more Muslim tourists to the country, while increasing the export potential of halal products.
“We trust this halal logo as it was established by the Highest Council for Islamic Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce. It will build trust for our products among Muslims and non-Muslims.
“Now we have many restaurants that claim to be halal, owned by both Muslims and non-Muslims, but to be trusted, they will now have to secure the halal label from the ministry.” Mr Mohddaud said.