Uttar Pradesh: The government of Uttar Pradesh, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has imposed a ban on food products and medicines labeled as “Halal,” according to an announcement by the Food Commissioner’s office. As per a report by NDTV, a directive has been issued stating an immediate prohibition on the preparation, storage, distribution, and sale of such products.
The directive mentioned that the Halal certification is a parallel system that complicates matters related to the quality of food items. According to the notification, the authority to decide on the standard of food items lies exclusively with the authorities and institutions mentioned in Section 29 of the Act, which conduct inspections according to the relevant standards stated in the Act.
In defense of their action, state authorities argued that this move followed the filing of a police case against a company and several other entities for allegedly increasing sales by providing “fake” Halal certificates, and manipulating people’s religious sentiments. The case has been filed against entities such as Halal India Private Limited Chennai, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Halal Trust Delhi, Halal Council of India Mumbai, Jamiat Ulama-e-Maharashtra, and others.
The statement mentioned that these companies have allegedly issued fake Halal certificates to various companies for financial gain. On the other hand, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Halal Trust has refuted these allegations in a statement, stating that they will take necessary legal actions to counter such baseless accusations.
The Food Commissioner’s office clarified that the mention of Halal certification typically appears on the labels of food products such as dairy items, bakery products, peppermint oil, flavored preparations for consumption, and edible oils.