From the Publisher’s Desk
Muhammad Munir Chaudry
We are living in a world that is rapidly changing and is actually in a state of influx. For the past three decades the focus of halal certification, halal trade, and halal marketing has been on meat and poultry. With more awareness of goods crossing geographic boundaries, the requests to have food products certified halal became common. Consumers started to question anything containing gelatin; and nutritional supplements, capsules, and tablets received a lot of attention. Problems with cosmetics and personal care products were exposed with greater awareness through social media. Whereas consumers were not aware of any halal issues with vaccines, certain governments started questioning the halal status of these products as well because they were the customers of vaccine manufacturers. The focus is shifting to much greater awareness of halal, ingredients in various products, nutritional implications, and now healthcare and lifestyle. People are looking for holistic lifestyles. For Muslims, adhering to halal is a matter of faith, conviction, and religious preservation.
We are at a very important juncture in time, where the world has shrunk in the way that we can move products and people across the globe in less than 48 hours. There are opportunities for innovators, world-class manufacturers, and logistics gurus to capture and control the global supply chain. IFANCA, with 1,800 clients and over 4,000 production sites under its halal supervision, is going to be instrumental in developing global halal economies and servicing the markets. People may know us from our work in the food and meat halal-compliance area. However, we also have a very strong track record in servicing the nutritional and pharmaceutical industries. In fact, WE ARE BEST IN CLASS. Over the past two decades we have been sought to take halal compliance to the next level, addressing the health needs of the global Muslim population. Some examples of the extraordinary work we have done in the pharmaceutical industry include: UNICEF — micronutrient program, Pfizer — rotavirus vaccine, Merck — Gardasil vaccine, and Abbott Nutrition products. Working the back end of the supply chain, we are enabling the availability of halal foods and pharmaceuticals for the world by certifying some of the world’s largest ingredient suppliers such as Cargill, DuPont, and DSM. The best way to sum up IFANCA’s products and services would be our three Cs: compliance, consulting, and continuing education. With all bases in halal certification and consulting covered, we are developing programs to address lifestyle issues, including nutritional intervention.
Muhammad Munir Chaudry, president