Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Implements Ban on Halal Certified Products

Exploring the Intricacies of the Halal-Certified Products Prohibition in Uttar Pradesh and Its Far-reaching Implications

In a recent move, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government put a stop to halal-certified products, citing reasons related to public health. This decision has sparked debates and discussions about the nature of halal certification and its implications. To understand this development better, let’s explore the concept of halal certification and why the UP government took such a big step.

Halal Certification: Getting to the Basics

Halal certification logo depicting authenticity and compliance with Islamic dietary laws.
Halal Certification Logo: Ensuring adherence to Islamic dietary principles.

Halal-certified products are those considered okay according to Islamic law, making them suitable for consumption by Muslims. The term ‘halal’ means ‘permissible’ in Arabic, while ‘haram’ means forbidden. Ban on halal products starts immediately covering the entire range of halal-certified items—from their production and storage to distribution and sale.

Historically, halal certification started in 1974, mainly for meat, making sure the process aligns with Islamic principles. The prescribed method involves slaughtering animals through the throat, esophagus, and jugular veins, which is different from the jhatka method, where the neck receives the blow.

Beyond Meat: Halal Certification for Non-Meat Products

Surprisingly, halal certification goes beyond meat products. Recent incidents, like the controversy over a halal-certified tea premix on a Vande Bharat train, shed light on this aspect. The certification, in this case, aimed at facilitating exports to Muslim-majority countries. It’s not just about consumables; even cosmetics can have halal certification, signifying the absence of ‘haram’ elements like alcohol or pig fat.

Certification Authorities and Lack of Government Regulation

Halal certification in India is mostly done by private organizations accredited by the importing countries. While the commerce ministry proposed guidelines earlier this year, designating the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority as the monitoring agency, there is currently no government regulation in this area. Major certifying bodies include Halal India Pvt Ltd and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust.

UP Government’s Reasoning for the Ban

The UP government justifies the ban by saying that halal certificates on vegetarian products, where such certification is unnecessary, indicate a deliberate criminal conspiracy targeting a specific community and its products. The ban, framed in the context of public health and to avoid confusion, notably excludes products designated for export.

According to the government order, the decision stems from recent information revealing the labeling of various products, including dairy items, sugar, bakery products, peppermint oil, salty ready-to-eat beverages, and edible oils, with halal certification. The government argues that such certification on labels violates existing rules related to drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics, making it a punishable offense.

In conclusion, the ban on halal-certified products in UP is a complex issue involving religious sentiments, economic considerations, and concerns about public health. The UP government’s other actions, like renaming historic places to Hindu names, also can be read with this action. As discussions continue, it remains to be seen how this decision will impact various sectors and communities in the state.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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