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For the consumer, the benefits of IFANCA halal certification are clear: knowing a product is halal-certified means he or she does not have to bother checking all the ingredients. The consumer can purchase the product with the assurance it does not contain anything that is haram or doubtful.
What about the producer? What benefits does the producer receive from IFANCA halal certification? Actually, the benefits for the producer are just as great.
For starters, a producer gets the expertise of the IFANCA staff in reviewing its products, the ingredients, the preparation and processing and the hygiene and sanitation procedures that are requisite in manufacturing said product. Of course, this is all done confidentially, so there is no concern of competitors learning anything about the product(s) involved in the certification process. Further, IFANCA halal certification provides an independent third party quality assurance step valued by conscientious consumers.
IFANCA has developed a documented procedure for producing halal products. The procedure is consistent with HACCP and other quality assurance standards and is easily implemented. IFANCA works with the producer every step of the way to ensure all questions are answered and halal procedures are integrated into the standard operating procedures effectively and efficiently. IFANCA provides training in halal policy and procedure to key personnel in the production process who, in turn, pass on this training to other staff, thereby assuring methodical cleanliness and consistency throughout the production process. IFANCA provides consulting on product development, marketing, and quality assurance to help roll out new products for the halal consumer. IFANCA offices are available for this consultation year-round and it is part of the services we provide to client companies.
Once a product meets the requirements for halal certification, a certificate is issued. This can be done electronically, if that is preferred. The IFANCA halal certificate has worldwide acceptance. From Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the rest of the Middle East, through Europe and North and South America, IFANCA-certified halal products and procedures have delighted and satisfied consumers and producers alike.
Once the product is certified, permission is granted to display the IFANCA certification logo, the Crescent M, on the product packaging and label. This is a valuable assurance that the product is an authentic IFANCA halal-certified product meeting the highest quality of halal certification available anywhere in the world.
Once a retail product is halal-certified, the company and product are listed on our website, www.IFANCA.org. Anyone interested in halal products can check the website and find the product. In addition, anyone searching for halal will find his or her way to the IFANCA website and be able to peruse the many manufacturers who are tapping into the halal market in order to increase the availability of their products to halal consumers. Many people worldwide, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, are practicing halal lifestyles in order that they may reduce their risk with respect to heart disease and augment their personal hygiene and health standards, in general.
Halal-certified products, halal-certified ingredients, and halal-compliant companies are listed in the Halal Consumer © magazine, published twice a year. With a circulation of 40,000 copies per issue, the information is available to halal consumers around the world. New halal-certified products and companies are listed in the Halal Digest ©, the web-based newsletter. This is an announcement that the products are now produced to the stringent IFANCA halal requirements. Frequently, IFANCA issues news releases to introduce new halal-certified products. This works best when coordinated with news releases by the certified company.
IFANCA refers seekers of halal-certified products and ingredients to its certified companies. IFANCA receives frequent requests for halal products from consumers, educational institutes, food service organizations, foreign importers and others seeking halal-certified products or halal ingredients.
As a residual return on investment, IFANCA halal-certified companies enjoy reduced fees at the IFANCA-sponsored Halal Food Conferences. These conferences, held annually since 1999, bring the food industry together to listen to and interact with renowned speakers from around the world. Industry executives learn about the global halal market, the needs of the halal consumer, and the trends in the halal industry around the world. They return to their respective staffs with new information on how to remain competitive in a global environment.
For the halal food producer, this means immediate recognition and acceptance of IFANCA halal certification by halal consumers worldwide. The IFANCA logo portrays credible, professional halal authenticity!