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IS EG Halal India Initiative

by Kanchi Batra - 6 July, 2024, 12:00 243 Views 0 Comment

In an event marking the launch of the IS EG Halal India initiative, H.E. Mr. Wael Mohamed Awad Hamed, Ambassador of Egypt to India, highlighted the deep-rooted and evolving relationship between the two nations. The event underscored the strategic importance of their cooperation in the area of food security, particularly in the halal meat sector.

The Ambassador began by reflecting on the rich history of relations between Egypt and India, which dates back to the 1950s and 1960s. This period saw the forging of significant alliances and partnerships, laying a strong foundation for contemporary collaborations. The shared history is marked by achievements in various fields, including music, culture, and diplomacy, which have naturally evolved over the decades.

“A significant milestone in the relationship was reached during the G-20 summit in September 2023, where both nations announced their commitment to establishing a new era of strategic cooperation. This cooperation extends beyond diplomatic interactions to tangible, legal agreements with profound implications for both countries,” stressed Ambassador Wael Mohamed Awad Hamed.

Dr. Sudhanshu, Secretary of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), emphasised the importance of food safety, visibility, hygiene, and the overall benefits of a robust food certification process during his remarks. These factors are crucial in maintaining the integrity and trust in food products, both domestically and internationally.

“India has always been a proactive player in global food safety and nonproliferation efforts. Our commitment to these principles is unwavering. The collaboration with Egypt marks a significant milestone in our efforts to ensure the highest standards in food safety and quality,” said Dr. Sudhanshu.

He highlighted that India has introduced a much tighter monitoring system over the past year, which has undergone continuous improvement. “We are now at a stage where we can make these systems mandatory, ensuring that all food products meet the highest standards of safety and quality. The collaboration with Egypt is particularly significant as it involves the introduction of their own certification body. This partnership underscores the importance of mutual cooperation in enhancing food safety standards globally,” he added.

Dr. Sudhanshu reiterated India’s commitment to supporting the community involved in this certification process. He commended the government of Egypt for its proactive steps in designating this new certification body. “Your efforts are a crucial part of our shared vision for a safer and more transparent food supply chain. We assure you of our full support and cooperation in this endeavour,” he concluded.

Chairman of ISEG, Mr. Mazan Wafa, underlined the crucial importance of supplying citizens with healthy, safe, and reliable food products in his remarks. He stated, “Ensuring that our citizens receive healthy, safe, and sound food products is one of the most important strategic commodities that all countries strive to provide.”

Mr. Wafa expressed immense pride in ISEG’s mission and responsibility to supply safe and healthy food products to the citizens of Egypt and the Middle East. He highlighted that their food programme, especially in the context of animal products, adheres to the provisions of Islamic Sharia, built on the concept of halal.

“Our company has been accredited by the Egyptian National Accreditation Council and complies with the international standards set by the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries. This accreditation underscores our ability to implement all international standards specific to halal certification,” Mr. Wafa added.

He further stated that ISEG is internationally and globally qualified to serve across all land borders, ensuring adherence to stringent standards. “Our capability to meet international requirements in the field of halal certification is unmatched,” he said.

Dr. Gasser Elasayed delivered a presentation outlining new regulations to streamline the certification process for products exported to Egypt. This reform is designed to align with both Egyptian and international standards, ensuring that all procedures are clear and straightforward.

“Our company is committed to making the export process as transparent and efficient as possible. We have implemented policies that facilitate smooth operations without any unnecessary limitations. This approach ensures that all exports between Egypt and India adhere to regulations and meet the highest standards of quality,” said Dr. Elasayed.

He announced that the certification process is now more straightforward than ever, with detailed guidelines available on the company’s website. These guidelines outline all necessary steps and requirements, ensuring that everyone involved is well-informed and can easily navigate the process.

“For any new slaughterhouses or facilities seeking certification, we provide comprehensive support and guidance. Our team is ready to assist with any necessary documentation and inspections, ensuring that all standards are met,” Dr. Elasayed explained.

He stressed the company’s commitment to transparency in all aspects of operations. “If there are any issues or concerns, we encourage you to contact us directly. We have a dedicated team ready to address any problems and ensure that all operations run smoothly,” he assured.

Additionally, Dr. Elasayed highlighted a clear pricing structure for all services, available on the website. This transparency helps prevent any misunderstandings and ensures that all parties are aware of the costs involved.

“Our local office is fully operational and ready to support your needs. We have a team of experts available to assist with any inquiries or issues, ensuring that all exports from India to Egypt are handled efficiently,” he concluded.

Kanchi Batra
Kanchi Batra is the Managing Editor of The Diplomatist.
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