Saudi Arabia Expands Halal Food Scope Through International Partnerships
In order to increase the accessibility of halal meals around the world, Saudi Arabia has taken considerable measures in cooperation with the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). According to Nawaf Al-Shahri, head of SASO’s conformity assessment body acceptance section, more than 60 recognized organizations worldwide are currently collaborating with SASO in the halal industry.The Thai Trade Exhibition Riyadh 2023, a four-day event hosted at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center beginning on August 27th, presented this development. The crucial function of SASO is to accredit agencies in charge of granting halal product certificates outside the borders of the Kingdom. This obligation complements the work of Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority, which certifies imported goods.
The authority is assessing these entities’ proficiency and will thereafter issue them a certificate of acceptance based on their credentials. The Halal Center will be in charge of monitoring their operations, both in formal and practical contexts.
The founding head of the Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University, Winai Dahlan, highlighted the rise in popularity of halal meat among Thais. The creation of the cabinet in 2003 was a turning point in Thailand’s development of halal goods, which was motivated by religious concerns.
Dahlan launched the Halal Science Center in 1995, and it has been instrumental in improving halal science and technology in Thailand. In order to promote the industry’s expansion and guarantee the quality and safety of specialized products, it primarily focuses on research and development.
The market for halal goods is expanding quickly; by 2023, it is predicted that spending on food and drink would climb by 6.1 percent, reaching $1.9 trillion. While expenditure on cosmetics is forecast to climb from $61 billion in 2017 to $90 billion in 2023, spending on halal medicines is projected to expand from $87 billion in 2017 to $131 billion in 2023.
The market for halal goods is expanding quickly; by 2023, it is predicted that spending on food and drink would climb by 6.1 percent, reaching $1.9 trillion. In 2023, it is expected that expenditure on halal pharmaceuticals would climb from $87 billion to $131 billion, while spending on cosmetics will rise from $61 billion to $90 billion. The Halal Center’s director, Dr. Yousuf Al-Harbi, stressed how deeply established halal meat is in Saudi Arabian culture. The center is committed to ensuring that locally assured products are completely consistent with Islamic law and that halal food criteria are met. Al-Harbi expressed confidence in their plans, reiterating how well-established their subject-matter knowledge is.