Halal Consumer - Issue 30 - page 5

From the Publisher’s Desk
Assalamu Alaikum
While most of our readers know that Halal
Consumer
©
magazine is a publication of
the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of
America, also known as IFANCA
®
, some of
you may not know much about IFANCA’s
activities. So let me tell you a little more
about us. We are more than a publication
and some halal certification!
Actually, we are certifying over 5,000 manufacturing
plants in 75 countries around the world and produc-
ing over 8,600 halal consumer products, 1,000 direct
marketed products, 4,850 food service items, and
over 75,000 halal industrial products. Products certi-
fied by IFANCA display the Crescent-M logo ( ) on the
product label. Related to halal certification, we also
offer consulting services and product development,
quality management, and export marketing support to
companies interested in halal production and market-
ing. Our technical support has helped develop halal
MREs (meals ready to eat) for military and humanitar-
ian rations and halal gelatin manufactured from halal
slaughtered cattle.
We offer halal education, training, and awareness to
both consumers and the industry. This includes our
website
, social media engagement,
publications, workshops, seminars, and conferences.
The website hosts a wealth of information on halal-
related topics including Halal Digest
©
newsletter and a
digital version of Halal Consumer
©
magazine. This fall,
as in 2012, we will again offer the Halal and Healthy
Workshops around the Chicago area to demonstrate
healthy recipes made with halal-certified products. For
government and private institutions, we have devel-
oped halal kitchen guidelines to enable food service
organizations to provide halal meals to their clients. We
are often called upon by the media to contribute arti-
cles on halal and halal certification. Globally, we have
been engaged in initiatives like globalization of halal
standards and animal welfare.
We just returned from the annual ISNA conven-
tion where we conducted surveys, had our food
scientists answer consumer questions, distributed
samples of halal-certified products, and introduced
our Crescent-M costume character. The latter was a
hit with the kids! Next April, IFANCA will organize the
17th International Halal Food Conference, bringing the
industry together for three days to discuss issues and
opportunities related to providing halal products.
This is a quick snapshot of IFANCA activities. As our
paths cross, please do give us your feedback, com-
ments, and encouragement.
Sincerely,
Muhammad Munir Chaudry
president
DISCLAIMER:
The advertisements in Halal Consumer magazine do not necessarily imply endorsement or halal certification by IFANCA. Please
check
to verify halal certification by IFANCA. None of the health-related information contained here should be used in lieu of medical
advice nor should it be used without consulting a physician first. Halal Consumer magazine, its writers and editors, its parent organization IFANCA,
IFANCA’s board of directors, and its employees and consultants are not liable for any actions taken by individuals or groups based on the information,
including recipes, presented here.
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