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Yogi Govt Bans Sale of Halal-Certified Products Effective Immediately

Lucknow, Nov 18: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday implemented a ban on the sale of food products with a halal certification. This ban applies to the manufacturing, storage, distribution, and sale of these products, effective immediately.

However, food items intended for export are exempt from this ban.

The reason behind this ban is that the halal certification system creates confusion regarding the quality of food products.

According to the order issued by the Food Commissioners office, this certification is not valid under Section 89 of the Food Safety and Standards Act. The authority to determine the quality of food products lies solely with the authorities and institutions specified in Section 29 of the Act, who assess the relevant standards as per the provisions of the Act.

This decision was made following a police case filed against a company and several other organizations.

They were accused of exploiting religious sentiments to increase sales by providing forged halal certificates.

The UP government has registered a case against entities such as Halal India Private Limited Chennai, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust Delhi, Halal Council of India Mumbai, Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra, and others for their alleged involvement in this fraudulent activity.

The complainant expressed concerns about a large-scale conspiracy to decrease the sales of products from companies without halal certification, which is illegal.

The UP government stated that these companies issued fake halal certificates to various companies for financial gain, causing social animosity and violating public trust.

In response to these allegations, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust released a statement denying the accusations and stating that they will take legal action to counter the misinformation.

Halal certification is typically found on the labels of certain food products such as dairy products, sugar bakery products, peppermint oil, salty ready-to-eat savories, and edible oils.

This certification ensures that the food is prepared in accordance with Islamic law and is free from any adulteration. If a product contains animals or animal byproducts that are considered prohibited under Islamic law, it cannot receive a halal certification.

In summary, the Uttar Pradesh government has banned the sale of halal-certified products due to concerns about the confusion it creates regarding food quality.

This decision was prompted by a case involving the issuance of forged halal certificates to boost sales.

Halal certification guarantees that food is prepared according to Islamic law and is free from prohibited components.

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