33 food premises found without Halal certificate

Azlan Othman

A large-scale patrol operation by enforcement officers of the Halal Food Control Division at the Syariah Affairs Department found 33 of 90 inspected food premises have not applied for the Halal certificate, of which two were using the Halal label or logo of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council without permission and five were displaying expired Halal certificates.

The operation, conducted in Gadong, Batu Satu, Kiulap and the city centre, was to enforce the provisions of Section 4 (1) and Section 10 (1) (a), Halal Certificate and Halal Label Order, 2005 on the obligation to apply for a Halal Certificate or Halal Permit of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council imposed on food entrepreneurs in the country.

The owners of these premises will be investigated for legal action under Section 12 (3) (a) and Section 35, Halal Certificate and Halal Label Order, 2005 which involve fines up to BND4,000 and BND8,000, or imprisonment up to one year and two years or both.

The Syariah Affairs Department of the Ministry of Religious Affairs emphasised that an application must be made to obtain a Halal Certificate or Halal Permit for food businesses operating in the country.

Failure to do so may result in legal action under Section 4 (5) and Section 10 (6), Halal Certificate and Halal Label (Amendment) Order, 2017 with a fine of up to BND8,000 or imprisonment for up to two years or both.

Holders of Halal Certificate and Halal Permit are reminded to always ensure that their certificates and permits are still valid, and they must submit an application for certificate renewal within three months before the expiry date.

ABOVE & BELOW: Enforcement personnel during the operation. PHOTOS: HALAL FOOD CONTROL DIVISION