All nine poultry plants in Thailand and two in China listed on the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) website are still approved for the export of their products to Malaysia, says the department and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).
A joint media statement by DVS and JAKIM today is issued to clarify the confusion caused by some quarters who disputed the previous media statement from the DVS concerning the supply of chicken from Thailand and China.
The approval of the extension of the export status of the plants was agreed and confirmed in the Meeting of the Technical Committee for the Recognition of Abattoirs and Overseas Processing Plants (JTPALLN) which met on May 29, 2020.
JTPALLN is staffed by officers from the DVS, Department of Quarantine and Inspection Services Malaysia (MAQIS), JAKIM and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI).
Halal supervision on plants that have been given the approval to import chicken into Malaysia from Thailand will be carried out by a foreign halal certification body recognized by JAKIM, namely The Central Islamic Council of Thailand (CICOT), in Thailand.
The validity period of JAKIM’s recognition of CICOT is from September 6, 2021, to December 31, 2023.
Recognition of the halal certification body Shandong Halal Certification Service (SHC) by JAKIM started on January 23, 2020, and expires on January 23, 2022.
As JAKIM’s recognition period of several halal certification bodies, including SHC, will end on January 23, 2022, JAKIM has conducted a remote audit of the foreign halal certification bodies from April 5, 2021, until April 20. 2021 to process the renewal.