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Malaysian Halal Food Regulation
Jul 13, 2023
Lennie Tao
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Halal food refers to food that:

  1. does not consist or contain any part or matter of an animal prohibited by Hukum Syarak* and Fatwa*

  2. does not contain anything that is impure or intoxicating according to Hukum Syarak and Fatwa

  3. is not prepared, processed or manufactured using any instrument that is contaminated with impure substance according to Hukum Syarak and Fatwa

  4. in the course of preparing, processing or storing, has not been in contact with food that fails to satisfy a and b.

*Note: Hukum Syarak means Islamic Law. Fatwa generally refers to the legal opinion issued by any Musilim jurist in Malaysia on any controversial questions relating Hukum Syarak.

Competent Authority and Responsibilities

The regulatory body for Halal certification in Malaysia is known as JAKIM (The Halal Department Division under the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia), whose responsibility is to certify food, goods or service is halal.

Legal Framework

Besides abiding by the specific regulations on halal certification and requirements, halal food is also required to comply with general food regulations, such as Food Act 1983.

In addition, the authority has released some guidelines for enterprises' reference.

Relevant Malaysian general food standards should be followed as well.

Halal Certification Requirements

halal-1.jpegMalaysian Halal Certification is an official document stating the Halal status of products and/or services. Applicable scope includes consumer goods, cosmetic, food products, beverages, food supplements, etc. Such products must be certified as Halal and marked with a specific logo as shown in the right.

1. Raw materials and ingredients

  • All the ingredients shall be halal and safe. 

  • The source of imported animal-based raw materials shall come from approved factories by JAKIM and the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).

  • Raw materials, processing aids, product and menu must be listed in the application form.

2. Processing and transportation

  • The preparation, handling, processing, packaging, storage or transfer of products must be in compliance with the requirements under Islamic law and must adhere to the standards of Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Hygienic Practices in Malaysia.

  • No mixing between raw materials or products with non-halal sources, or those with uncertain halal status.

  • Transportation facility shall be for halal products only. 

3. Packaging and labeling

  • Every packaging label should be printed prominently, clearly and indelible.

  • Packing must contain the name of the product and the Malaysia Halal logo.

  • The Malaysia Halal logo cannot be used for product promotion in conjunction with non-Islamic religious festivals or together with non-Islamic emblem.

  • The packaging material shall not be made from materials which are classified as Najs. Najs means impure matters such as blood, urine and faeces. Under Islamic law, Najs will nullify prayer. 

4. Factory and food premises

  • Equipment used in the manufacturing of halal food products shall be free from Najs or any hazardous materials, and does not result in side effects to the products produced.

  • Non-halal food and beverages are not allowed to be brought into the factory compound.

  • Liquor and materials derived from liquor is strictly prohibited to be in the factory compound.


Export of Halal Food into Malaysia

1. Obtain the certificate from a qualified certification body 

  • All imported food marketed in Malaysia must

  1. obtain a Halal Certificate issued by JAKIM; or

  2. certified as Halal by the foreign halal certification body recognized by JAKIM (List of recognized foreign halal certification bodies).

  • The importer or manufacturer must mark the logo and/or the name of the said certification body on the food package.

  • With a recognized foreign Halal Certificate, distributors can immediately sell the food product with the halal logo from such recognized foreign body. 

2. Other requirements

For more details, please check our recommended free webinar:

Distribution of halal food in Malaysia: halal certification and market access procedures

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