26 September 2005

New Straits Times - Malaysia News Online

Verifying Halal-status of products via SMS
By Hamidah Atan

MUSLIM consumers can soon verify if certain products sold at shops are "halal" by using their handphones via SMS to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

Jakim director-general Datuk Mustafa Abd Rahman said an internationally recognised Global Standard 1 (GS1) bar code system had been developed by Jakim and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) to help consumers.

Consumers can also have access to the department's halal database.

All one has top do is type “HALAL”, followed by the code number of the product and send it to 32728 (DAPAT).

Mustafa said this after briefing about 1,000 manufacturers on the department's E-halal project at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre today.

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