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23/01/2018 - 20:24hs

Halal Forum seeks deal with Inmetro

Directors of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) and the National Institute of Metrology met in Rio de Janeiro. The goal is to standardize certification procedures.

São Paulo – The secretary-general of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), Mohamed Saleh Badri, met this Tuesday (23) with the president of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro), Carlos Augusto de Azevedo, in Rio de Janeiro. Also at the meeting were the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce’s CEO, Michel Alaby, and Special Projects Advisor, Tamer Mansour.

According to Alaby, they discussed a cooperation agreement between the IHAF and Inmetro. Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the IHAF aims to internationally unify the procedures of the halal certification and the accreditation of certification bodies. Halal are those products allowed for the consumption of Muslims.

Badri had anticipated the topic in a seminar about Islamic economy held at the headquarters of the Arab Chamber, in São Paulo, on Monday (22). “They want to sign a cooperation agreement as to, in the future, standardize the halal procedures of production, storage and commercialization of products, and also the accreditation of halal certification bodies in Brazil,” said Alaby. A memorandum of understanding could be signed soon.

Also at the meeting were the general consul of the United Arab Emirates in São Paulo, Ibrahim Salem Alalawi, and Inmetro’s director of compliance assessment, Luiz Antonio Lourenço Marques, and director of scientific and technology metrology, Humberto Siqueira Brandi.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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