The 14th meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Halal Food (AWGHF) is taking place at the Al Meroz Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, from July 10 to 12. (Source: thainews.prd.go.th)


Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - The 14th meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Halal Food (AWGHF) is taking place at the Al Meroz Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, from July 10 to 12.

Dr. Somchuan Ratanamangklanon, Deputy Director General of the Department of Livestock Development of Thailand, chaired the 14th AWGHF which was attended by representatives of the Halal Accredited Authority from 10 ASEAN member countries including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam who met to discuss the General Guidelines on Halal Food and the ASEAN Halal Food Website.

The 14th AWGHF meeting also drew attention to the Thailand Halal Livestock 2018 which is a presentation of the Department of Livestock Development in collaboration with the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, the Central Islamic Council of Thailand and the Halal Science Centre of Chulalongkorn University. The exhibition demonstrates the potential of Thailand’s Halal industry.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Winai Dahlan, Director of the Halal Science Centre Chulalongkorn University, pointed out that this event is a good way to prepare ASEAN to be the Halal food Hub, meaning that Halal products will be distributed worldwide, for example to Arab or Middle Eastern countries and other regions like Europe and America. Ultimately, ASEAN can become the leader in Halal food production.

Dr. Somchuan said that Thailand receives a large number of tourists each year especially tourists from Muslim countries. Having Halal food while traveling is therefore an important requirement for Muslim tourists. Halal food will always comply with two essential points which are Food hygiene and Islamic permission. The Department of Livestock Development therefore plans to support the livestock products of Thailand being certified “Halal” for domestic consumption while also increasing the volume of livestock export products.-NNT/VNA