KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (May 14, 2014) — The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) will speak at the Third Gulf Conference on the Halal Industry and Services in Kuwait that will take place from May 13 to 15, 2014. Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) are organizing this conference.

The theme of this year’s conference is called “Developments in the Halal Industry” and is designed to allow a wide range of scholars, thinkers and halal industry experts to review recent industry changes. The conference will also examine halal-related affairs from an Islamic legal and health perspective, such as the impact of nanotechnology on halal food authentication and innovations in food packaging materials.

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, IFANCA’s president, will join the consultants panel of the seminar titled “Investment in the Halal Industry as One of the Means of Guaranteeing the Integration of the Halal Process” on May 15. “It is very encouraging to see Kuwait’s Gulf Conference in its third year,” says Dr. Chaudry. Dr. Chaudry will talk about the feasibility of appointing international halal certification bodies to manage halal affairs in Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC). “International halal compliance systems are still in the nascent stage of development but I am optimistic that the momentum from this conference and the enthusiasm of the authorities will enable us to synthesize our global halal systems much faster,” added Dr. Chaudry.

One of the main goals of the Third Gulf Conference on the Halal Industry and Services is to work towards an integrated system for halal and overcome the gaps in halal product certification processes. The conference agenda touches on a wide range of industries besides food and beverage; they also feature sessions on cosmetics, medicine, and the feed industry.



A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) is one of the world’s leading halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as the Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC, and CNN, IFANCA has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA was awarded the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at the World Halal Forum in 2007 and the Islamic Economy Award for Compliance and Standardization by the Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES®) in 2013. IFANCA is endorsed by many countries and organizations including MUI (Indonesia), JAKIM (Malaysia), MUIS (Singapore), Saudi Arabia (MWL), and GSM (United Arab Emirates), and IFANCA halal-certified products are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA’s halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories. For more information about IFANCA, visit www.ifanca.org.