19 Nov 2023

Uttar Pradesh govt's ban on products with halal certification sparks row

The Uttar Pradesh government's decision to ban the production, storage, distribution, and sale of food, medicines, and cosmetic items with halal certification has sparked controversy. 

The ban, implemented with immediate effect, is justified on the grounds of public health and to prevent confusion. The order argues that the right to decide the quality of food lies solely with the authorities mentioned under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and that halal certification creates confusion regarding the quality of food items.

Halal certification is a process that ensures products and services comply with Islamic law. It encompasses various items, including dairy products, sugar bakery products, peppermint oil, salty ready-to-eat savories, and edible oils. 

The certification serves as a guarantee that the food is prepared in accordance with Islamic law and is free from any components prohibited by Islamic dietary restrictions.

The move comes after a police case was filed against several organizations, including Halal India Private Limited Chennai, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust Delhi, Halal Council of India Mumbai, and Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra. 

These entities are accused of exploiting religious sentiments to boost sales by providing forged halal certificates. The complainant alleges a large-scale conspiracy to decrease the sale of products lacking the halal certificate.

Allegations are baseless: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust 

In response, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust has termed the allegations as "baseless" and expressed intent to take necessary legal measures to counter what they consider misinformation.

The controversy raises questions about the intersection of religious practices, business, and consumer rights. It also highlights concerns about potential misuse of religious sentiments for commercial gains. As the situation unfolds, legal proceedings and public reactions will likely play a significant role in shaping the outcome of this issue.

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