27 April 2017 - The Food & Beverage Industry Group hosted a dialogue session with Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) at the SMF Building. This was chaired by Mr Sunny Koh, SMF Deputy President who is also the F&B IG Chairman.
Both global and local food manufacturers came prepared with questions and concerns on current procedures and processes for MUIS which is the primary halal-certifying and ritual cleansing body in Singapore.
One of the key concerns raised was the mutual recognition of Halal among ASEAN countries by Halal authorities from each local market. This was not only to address the inefficiencies and wastage of resources, but also with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in mind.
Members and partners who attended the dialogue session were:
1. Coca-Cola Far East Limited
2. Fassler Gourmet Pte Ltd
3. Gardenia Food (S) Pte Ltd
4. Hanbaobao Pte Ltd (Licensee of McDonald’s)
5. Heng Khwee Heng Poultry Factory Pte Ltd
6. Hock Lian Huat Foodstuff Industry Pte Ltd
7. Kee Song Bio-Technology Holdings Limited
8. Nestle Singapore (Pte) Ltd
9. NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Limited
10. Pacific Refreshments Pte Ltd (Coca-Cola)
11. PepsiCo International
12. Prima Food Pte Ltd
13. Poultry Merchant Association
14. Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association
15. Seafood Industries Association Singapore
Ms Lee Gee Chyn, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Manager of Nestle Singapore (Pte) Ltd said, “The dialogue was very useful because as a global manufacturer with a global supply chain, we need to identify any gaps in our Halal processes that might potentially impact our bottom line.”
The global halal market - of which the food market alone is found to be worth over US$1.1 trillion and potentially US$10 trillion by 2030. A growing Muslim population as well as growing economic development and disposable income in Muslim countries are the main drivers behind the halal growth.
A representative from Coca-Cola Far East Limited seeking clarification with Mr Munir Hussain, Head of Halal Certification for MUIS
Member companies from the F&B Industry Group and staff team of MUIS after the fruitful dialogue session