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The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) announces the

19th International Halal Food Conference

to be held from

April 17-19, 2017

at the

Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago/Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Join us as we explore The Changing Paradigm in Halal Certification

Decades ago, halal certification was provided by individuals on a part-time basis and by marketers/exporters actually certifying themselves (self-certification). Over the years, importing countries demanded more control and began approving specific plants (meat, poultry, egg, dairy) and recognizing specific halal certification bodies (HCBs). Only product from those approved plants would be allowed to enter the country and only halal certificates from those recognized HCBs would be accepted. This led to the development of organized halal certification bodies around the world. Recently, accreditation bodies began forming to further qualify the HCBs by requiring them to have clear written procedures for how they perform the halal certification. The accreditation bodies would audit the HCBs to assess compliance with the written procedures. HCBs would be required to document what they do, how they do it, and how they address noncompliance with the procedures. The accreditation bodies followed the methodology developed by the International Standards Organization. We are now witnessing the combination of accreditation and recognition based on competence and credibility.

The audience
This conference will bring the accreditation organizations and the recognition bodies together along with the industry to discuss how best to implement both schemes. Industry is well versed in quality management and can easily adapt halal into existing quality management systems. As this implementation evolves, the next step will be to develop a system of checking compliance so the HCBs perform according to the schemes they were accredited.

The goal
Come join in the conversation that will develop a robust halal certification and compliance system so you will be prepared for the future of the halal economy.

Who should attend?
You will want to attend this conference if you are a manufacturer, marketer, distributor, importer, exporter, regulator, or educator, and are currently a part of the halal economy or are evaluating the benefits of the halal economy for your business.

Tentative program

April 17, 2017 April 18, 2017 April 19, 2017
Early Registration 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Banquet Dinner 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Registration 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration 8:00 am - 9:00 am
View / Download Program


IFANCA Halal Certified Companies US$ 800
Non-IFANCA Halal Certified Companies US$ 900
Registration + Display Table (best value)* US$ 1,500

*IFANCA Certified Companies only. Others please contact Grace at

Hotel reservations
Special room rates available until March 20, 2017. Click on the link to reserve your rooms:
(Complimentary 24 hour shuttle bus available to and from O'Hare International Airport.)

For more information contact Grace Tjahjono at or +1 847.993.0034 ext 208

Invited Speakers

Abdulla A. Al Maeeni

Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), UAE

Amina Mohammed

Director General, Emirates International Accreditation Center (EAIC)/Formerly DAC, UAE

Asad Sajjad

Founder & CEO, Halal Development Council, UAE

Donald L. Sgontz Jr.

Manager Halal/Kosher Programs, Abbott Nutrition, USA

Emmy Alim

Editor, Thomson Reuters, UAE

Faqir Muhammad Anjum

Vice Chancellor, University of Gambia, Gambia

Haroon U B Latif

Growth Strategy Research & Advisory, DinarStandard, USA

Hasanovic Aziz

Grand Mufti and President of Islamic Community, Croatia

Javed Rashid

Technical Director, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), USA

Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Richmond American University, UK

Laura LaCourse

Sr. Manager Global Religious Compliance, Firmenich, USA

Lotfi Ben Said

Asst. Sec. General, Standard & Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), Turkey

Lukmanul Hakim

Director, LPPOM - MUI; and President of World Halal Food Council (WHFC), Indonesia

M. Radwan Mardini

Religious Advisor, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), USA

Mark Overland

Director, Global Certification, Cargill Inc., USA

Mary Anne Jackson

President and Founder, My Own Meals, US

Mian Nadeem Riaz

Research Scientist Director - Food Protein R & D Center, Texas A&M University, USA

Mike Buzard

Accreditation Officer II, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), USA

Muhammad M. Chaudry

President and CEO, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), USA

Munir Hussain

Assistant Head, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), Singapore

Nabil bin Ameen Molla

Secretary General, GCC Standardization Organization, Saudi Arabia

Norbert Kahmann

Halal Coordinator, Symrise AG, Germany

Quintin Gray

President & CEO, Q Gray & Associates, USA

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

CEO, DinarStandard, USA

Reinaldo B. Figueiredo

Sr. Program Director Product/Process/Services Accreditation Programs, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), USA

Richard Mason

Executive Director, University of Chicago Dining Services, USA

Saeed A. Hayek

Technical Expert/Auditor, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), USA

Shahzad Alam

Chairman, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Pakistan

Sirajuddin Suhaimee

Director Halal Hub Division, Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM), Malaysia

Stephan Heck

Sr. Director Customer Quality Management, DSM Nutritional Products Ltd., Switzerland

Trisha Ramdihal

Regional Quality Assurance Manager, DO & CO New York/Chicago Catering, Inc., USA

Willian H. Kurtis

Founder, Tallgrass Beef Company LLC, USA

Winai Dahlan

Founder Director, Halal Science Center Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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