The Halal Food Control Division under the Syariah Affairs Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) carried out an inspection of food businesses in Bandar Seri Begawan last Thursday, as a follow-up to a previous one on July 30, 2020.
During the earlier operation, 43 restaurants were issued with a Notice of Instruction to apply for a Halal Certificate, within six months after the expiration date.
Meanwhile, 14 restaurants still had yet to apply for a Halal Certificate and were given warning letters, as a final reminder to submit their applications within seven days.
However, during last Thursday’s operation, it was found that three restaurants had yet to apply for a Halal Certificate, after operating for more than six months.
Failure to apply is an offence under Section 4 (1) of the 2005 Halal Certificate and Halal Label Order, 2005, which requires any proprietor of a food preparation business in Brunei Darussalam to apply for a Halal Certificate.
In its press statement, MoRA reminded all local food proprietors that applications for the Halal Certificate or Halal Permit are mandatory, as stipulated under Section 4(1) and Section 10(1) (a) of the Halal Certificate and Halal Label Order, 2005.
“Failure to make an application is an offence, which upon conviction, can result in a fine of up to BND8,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two years, pursuant to Section 4(5) and Section 10(6) of the Halal Certificate and Halal Label (Amendment) Orders, 2017,” said the MoRA further.