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Korean rice receives Malaysian halal certificate

All News 16:02 September 08, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's National Agricultural Cooperative Federation said Thursday nine kinds of eco-friendly Korean rice have received halal authorization from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).

The agricultural cooperative, also known as Nonghyup, said it is the first time that JAKIM gave foreign rice halal certification, which is only given to foods prepared in a specific way according to Islamic Shariah law.

Nonghyup said the rice from Seocheon county, South Chungcheong Province, scored high on using eco-friendly method of cultivation without using chemical fertilizers.

The cooperative expects the halal certificate will pave the way for the home-grown rice to enter the rising Muslim food market in the future.

Nonghyup said it has received certificates on about 70 items, including milk, ginseng, kimchi and citron, while currently pushing for the approval of dried seaweed and chicken.

Two women wearing hijab pass by halal food products displayed in a Seoul trade show on July 21, 2016. (Yonhap)


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