BKMH conducts briefing on Halal certification in Tutong

|     Azaraimy HH     |

A BRIEFING on the Halal Certificate and Label Order Amendment 2017 was conducted yesterday for the mukim penghulus and village heads of Tutong District by Haji Mohd Hadilah bin Haji Abdul Manaf, a scientific officer from the Halal Food Control Division (BKMH) at the Department of Syariah Affairs.

The Halal Certificate and Halal Label Order – which covers the legal framework for Halal certification in Brunei – was amended in May this year, and carries several important changes for the food and beverage industry, while enabling newer industries, such as beauty and cosmetics, to obtain certification.

Prior to the briefing, Haji Mohd Hadilah spoke to the Bulletin on the question of whether non-Halal restaurants in Brunei are also obliged to apply for a certification.

“Restaurants serving non-Muslims are not required to apply for the Halal certificate, but they will still need to go for an application process to notify the BKMH under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), to be exempted through a letter,” he said, adding that restaurant owners will also need to make a declaration that they are only serving non-Muslims, along with a visible ‘Strictly for Non-Muslims’ sign on display at their premises.

A scientific officer from the Halal Food Control Division (BKMH) at the Department of Syariah Affairs, Haji Mohd Hadilah bin Haji Abdul Manaf (2nd L) and Haji Haizul Rizal bin Haji Yahya, Special Duties Officer at the Tutong District Office (3rd L) during a briefing on Halal Certificate and Label Order (Amendment) 2017 at the Tutong District Officer residence in Tutong
Mukim penghulus and village heads from the Tutong District. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH

“To do this, the restaurant owners can apply at the BKMH counter at the Department of Syariah Affairs under MoRA, located at Jalan Elizabeth II, opposite the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, or at their respective district branch,” said Haji Mohd Hamdilah. “To make things easier, applicants can now obtain the required templates at the counter.”

The BKMH has already held several briefings on the new amendment, and will continue to work with other agencies to promote more awareness on the importance of applying for Halal certificates and labels.

For more information, the public can contact the BKMH through its hotline at 7166222, or 2242570/71 ext 113 and 2242566/67 ext 113 (Brunei-Muara District); 4221486/87 (Tutong District); 3342203 (Belait District); 5222034 (Temburong District); or via email at bkmh@mora.gov.bn; or applyhalal@mora.gov.bn through its website at www.kheu.gov.bn.