FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who owns Ghanim International UK Limited?

bruneihalalfoods brand is a government project initiated by the Brunei Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources along with the cooperation of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council, Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Health in line with efforts to move the nation towards developing an organisation that delivers on true Halal principles due to the demands from Muslim consumers of having a trustworthy Halal brand.
Ghanim International UK Limited and the parent company Ghanim International Corporation are both a wholly owned government company owned by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and the Ministry of Finance and was established to develop the bruneihalalfoods brand across the global (food) market.

Where are the products produced?

The products are produced in the manufacturing plant in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The plant is complete with cutting facility, enrobing and breading facility, manufacturing facility as well as chiller and freezer storage facility.

Where is meat sourced from?

The meat is sourced from BRUNEI HALAL accredited abattoirs in the West Midland Region. These abattoirs are dedicated to only slaughtering Non stun and do not have any stunning taking place on site. They comply with UK legislations such as the FSA (Food Standard Agency) as well as are BRC (British Retail Consortium) accredited which reflects good hygiene and quality controls. The BRUNEI HALAL Accreditation further enforces strict controls to ensure they meet stringent Halal principles and practice.
Ghanim international UK Limited is in the process of working towards a vertically integrated supply chain system which will look to procure its own abattoirs and farms to ensure full control from ‘farm to family’ soon, thereby providing undeniable Halal assurance.

What does Halal mean?

Halal means permitted or lawful. It is a term that not only encompasses food but the way of life ensuring everything that is undertaken is permissible. However Halal is often used in reference to foods and drinks, i.e. foods that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic Law. The criteria specifies both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared.

Who Certifies bruneihalalfoods?

The Ministry of Religious Affairs is the authority which initiated the BRUNEI HALAL Accreditation which involves a strict and robust set of procedures to ensure true Halal principles are met. The Religious Council, known in full as the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (BIRC) advises the Sultan on all matters pertaining to Islam. The body is in charge of the Islamic administration policy. Policies determined by the council are executed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Members of the Religious Council include government ministers, senior ministers, government officials, state mufti, the Attorney General, the Shariah Chief Justice and additional members appointed by the Sultan of Brunei.
There is a strictly 100% Non-stun Halal policy involved which means even the abattoirs themselves can only conduct non stun methods.

How Stringent is the BRUNEI HALAL Accreditation process?

The BRUNEI HALAL Accreditation starts at the source. Every aspect of the supply chain is audited by the inspectors of BRUNEI HALAL, not only the point of slaughter. The team of Halal and Quality Control Auditors, trained by the Brunei Religious Council, carry out inspections of the plants to ensure there are no risks or issues that would invalidate the approval. The inspection involves desk-based checks as well as site checks to ensure there is no haram (impermissible) produce or substances on site as well as ensure all the relevant paper work is valid, the processes that are involved and the product itself to ensure compliance to true Halal Standards. Assessment of food products will focus on appearance, taste, texture and nutritional value. Only those that meet the standards of Halal, high quality and safety will be approved. The certificate also gives you the assurance that the product comes from a system that is honest, transparent and decent which is Brunei Darussalam’s corporate social and religious responsibility.

What other inspections are involved in the BRUNEI HALAL Accreditation audit?

In addition to the strict religious accreditation process that manufactures have to undergo with the Brunei Islamic Religious Council, all manufacturers are required to have the food safety standards such as HACCP, FSA, BRC and ISO.

Are bruneihalalfoods products only for Retail?

bruneihalalfoods is also looking to service the catering and wholesale market, specific to your requirements bruneihalalfoods can look to provide catering packs as well as catering ranges ideal for your sector.

Please call 0121 327 2145 for any enquiries.

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