Korea is making moves to expand the nation′s
food export items to the global halal market following President Park Geun-hye′s recent
visit to the Middle East. To help local food firms comply with Muslim
dietary laws… Korea has set up a new R&D agency devoted to the task. Park Ji-won reports. The world′s Muslim faithfuls follow certain
food restrictions. For example they don′t consume pork of any
form,… alcohol,… and animals that are not properly slaughtered under Islamic law.
Permissible food is labeled ′halal′…
as "halal" means "allowed" in Arabic. And in an effort to expand the nation′s
food export items to the global halal market,… a new halal food agency will begin operations
on Thursday under the Korea Food Research Institute. The agency will focus on analyzing halal food
standards in diverse Muslim countries like the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia,…
and provide the nation′s food manufacturers with guidelines on how to produce and develop
halal-certified foods. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs says,… the establishment of the halal food agency is a follow-up measure of
a recent MOU between Korea and the United Arab Emirates,… to promote cooperation in
halal foods. The agriculture ministry hopes the MOU and
the newly-launched halal food agency could help domestic food exporters make easier inroads
into the global food market by targeting some one-point-eight billion Muslims.
The worldwide halal food market is estimated
to be around 20 percent of the global food market. And since the late 2000s,… many domestic
food manufacturers like Nongshim and Pulmuone,… have exported some of its food items, such
as instant noodles and snacks,.. that earned halal-certifications. Korea aims to double the nation′s halal
foods exports,… from some 680 million U.S. dollars last year to over one-point-two billion
dollars by 2017. PARK Ji-won, Arirang News..