The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is all set to take steps to foster halal industry of Pakistan and to capture the international Halal products market worth $3 trillion. An inter-ministerial meeting would soon be convened in this regard, to expedite the progress on halal food and making the industry compliant to international standards. “There is a strong need of developing standards and enacting a law to advertise our Halal products, and will boost our export especially in Middle East and Europe,” said a ministry official. Globalisation of food, trade and increased consumer awareness regarding food safety standards contribute towards new demands for halal, healthy and hygienic food, the official added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2013.