The use of forbidden animals and poultry is not allowed.
The Minister of Trade and Integration of RK, Bakhyt Sultanov, said on his Facebook page that Kazakhstan will introduce new national halal standards starting from July, zakon.kz reports.
- I’m sharing the latest news from the world of trade. Or rather, the world of technical regulation, the minister writes. - As you know, each country has its own requirements for manufactured goods and services. Earlier in the days of the Soviet Union, we briefly called these requirements GOSTs, now they are called ST RK or the national standard. And the stricter these standards are, the higher the quality of goods and services. This means that the standard of living of citizens who consume these goods and services is higher.
By introducing modern standards in various industries, Kazakhstan is guided by analogues of developed countries. For example, we developed Halal standards taking into account the requirements of the standards of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Institute of Standards and Metrology of Islamic Countries, MS Standards (Malaysia), Recommendations of the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Commission, etc.
“This is extremely important. After all, halal products are popular in our country (although, halal branded are often far away from being a real halal product), which means the laws by which they’re made must be defined clearly.”
Staring from July, 5 national Halal standards are being introduced in Kazakhstan. The new standards have a "package principle", which means they must be applied simultaneously in the production of Halal products.
So, the Standard STRK 3483-2019 "Halal Products. Fundamental Provisions" finally determines which products belong to Halal (that is, they can be used and consumed in accordance with the religious traditions of Islam) and which do not.
According to the standard, production of halal goods is only allowed with the use of raw materials and ingredients obtained from halal products. A supporting document for raw ingredients and auxiliary materials such as salt, honey, fresh raw milk, pure organic chemicals, fresh raw materials of plant origin and dried plant materials (spices, black and red pepper seeds, bay leaves) is not required.
The use of forbidden animals and poultry, including their meat, organs and other parts, is not allowed.
According to the requirements of this standard, an organization engaged in the production of Halal products must guarantee that production line is intended only halal produce.
If the production line was previously used to produce non-halal food, the production line must be cleaned and washed in accordance with sanitary and hygienic rules; ritual cleansing must also be performed in accordance with Islamic traditions before the start of halal production. Repeated conversion of the production line to non-halal or halal is not allowed.
Only manual slaughter of animals and birds is allowed for halal production. Slaughter should be carried out according to Islamic canons. The compliance to rules is controlled by a skilled and qualified halal inspector, who owns an authorizing document from a religious association.
This is prescribed in the second standard - ST RK 3453-2019 "Halal products. Organizations
involved in the slaughter of farm animals and birds."
“I’d like to clarify straight away: workers of any nationality or religious belief are able to participate in the halal production processes, except for the slaughter part, where certain skills must correspond to Islamic canons.
In the near future I will continue to talk about the halal "package standards" that have entered into force in Kazakhstan on July 1, 2020.