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The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) announces the

19th International Halal Food Conference

to be held from

April 17-19, 2017

at the

Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago/Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Join us as we explore The Changing Paradigm in Halal Certification

Decades ago, halal certification was provided by individuals on a part-time basis and by marketers/exporters actually certifying themselves (self-certification). Over the years, importing countries demanded more control and began approving specific plants (meat, poultry, egg, dairy) and recognizing specific halal certification bodies (HCBs). Only product from those approved plants would be allowed to enter the country and only halal certificates from those recognized HCBs would be accepted. This led to the development of organized halal certification bodies around the world. Recently, accreditation bodies began forming to further qualify the HCBs by requiring them to have clear written procedures for how they perform the halal certification. The accreditation bodies would audit the HCBs to assess compliance with the written procedures. HCBs would be required to document what they do, how they do it, and how they address noncompliance with the procedures. The accreditation bodies followed the methodology developed by the International Standards Organization. We are now witnessing the combination of accreditation and recognition based on competence and credibility.

The audience
This conference will bring the accreditation organizations and the recognition bodies together along with the industry to discuss how best to implement both schemes. Industry is well versed in quality management and can easily adapt halal into existing quality management systems. As this implementation evolves, the next step will be to develop a system of checking compliance so the HCBs perform according to the schemes they were accredited.

The goal
Come join in the conversation that will develop a robust halal certification and compliance system so you will be prepared for the future of the halal economy.

Who should attend?
You will want to attend this conference if you are a manufacturer, marketer, distributor, importer, exporter, regulator, or educator, and are currently a part of the halal economy or are evaluating the benefits of the halal economy for your business.

Tentative program

April 17, 2017 April 18, 2017 April 19, 2017
Early Registration 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Banquet Dinner 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Registration 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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For more information contact Grace Tjahjono at or +1 847.993.0034 ext 208

Invited Speakers

Asma N. Ahad

Director of Market Development

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®)

Faqir Muhammad Anjum

Vice Chancellor

University of the Gambia, West Africa

Mike Buzard

Program Manager - Product Certification

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Manzoor Chaudry

Lead Halal Auditor

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®)

Muhammad M. Chaudry

President and CEO

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®)

Winai Dahlan

Founding Director

Halal Science Center Chulalongkorn University

Reinaldo B. Figueiredo

Sr. Program Director Product/Process/Services Accreditation Programs

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Quintin Gray

President & CEO

Q Gray & Associates

Lukmanul Hakim


LPPOM - Majelis Ulama Indonesia

Abdelkarim Daddi Hammou

General Manager

Halal Services Algerie

Saeed Hayek

Food Scientist

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®)

Stephan Heck

Sr. Director Customer Quality Management

DSM Nutritional Products Ltd.

Mary Anne Jackson

VP International Operations and Founder

J&M Food Product Company

JO Young Chan

Senior Advisor & Founder / CEO

Korea Halal Association (KOHAS) / Penta Global

Norbert Kahmann

Strategic Kosher/Halal Officer, Global Regulatory Affairs Flavors

Symrise AG

Ismat Gul Khattak

Director General

Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC)

Willian H. Kurtis

Founder and CEO

Tallgrass Beef Company LLC

Laura LaCourse

Sr. Manager Global, Religious Dietary Compliance

Firmenich Inc.

Haroon U.B. Latif

Director, Strategic Insights


Imam M. Radwan Mardini

Religious Advisor / Founder

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) / Director, and Imam, American Muslim Center

M. Abid Masood

Technical Director

Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE)

Richard J. Mason

Executive Director

University of Chicago Dining

Latif Mirza

Manager, Halal Compliance and Community Support

Maple Lodge Farms

Amina Mohammed

Director General

Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC)

Mark Overland

Director, Global Certification Cargill Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory

Cargill Inc.

Trisha Ramdihal

Regional Quality Assurance Manager

DO & CO New York/Chicago Catering, Inc.

Javed Rashid

Technical Director

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®)

Mian Nadeem Riaz

Director, Graduate Faculty, Food Science and Nutrition Program

Texas A&M University

Michael C. Robach

Vice-President, corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory

Cargill, Inc.

Donald L. Sgontz Jr.

Manager Halal/Kosher Programs

Abbott Nutrition

Sirajuddin Suhaimee

Director Halal Hub Division

Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia

Hendra Utama

Head of Public Relation and Organizational Cooperation

LPPOM - Majelis Ulama Indonesia

Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Richmond, The American International University in London

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