June 6, 2023
Animal feed not covered by Malaysia's halal certification, says veterinary department
Halal certification by Malaysia's Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is focused on food for human consumption and does not cover animal feed, said the country's Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).
Thus, the halal logo cannot be used on labels for animal feed, DVS stated.
DVS' statement was issued in response to an article by Dr. Saari of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on the halal status of poultry feed. According to DVS, the writing by Dr. Saari was over an issue that was highlighted in 2007 and Jakim had responded to the matter on June 20, 2016.
DVS said the production of poultry feed is subject to the Feed Act 2009 which regulates the quality of animal feed by controlling the import, production, sale and use of animal feed and feed additives. This is to ensure the animal feed meets the nutritional needs of animals, does not harm animals and is not contaminated so that animals and animal products are safe for human consumption and for other uses.