ISNAŽ's Role in Certification

In 1990, the Government of Malaysia sought to obtain Certifiers for Halal for exports of Halal/Zabiha food from Canada to Malaysia. In April of that year, ISNAŽ Canada was officially appointed by the Islamic Affairs Department, Government of Malaysia to issue Halal Certificates. ISNAŽ Canada was entrusted with the following responsibilities for supervising the certification process:

  • Inspection and approval of all slaughter plants to ensure that the beef produced from those plants was Halal and fit for the consumption of all Muslims.

  • Muslim slaughtermen and/or workers must be selected by ISNAŽ Canada and trained to perform the Halal slaughter in accordance with the Islamic rites.

  • Inspection and supervision of the whole Halal slaughter at the Abbattoires

  • The Malaysian authority was to be informed in writing of any plant approved by ISNAŽ before commencing of any export of beef. The Halal Certificate issued by ISNAŽ Canada must accompany the consignment of Halal food being shipped to Malaysia.


The following conditions for Halal/Zabiha certification by ISNAŽ Canada are the standards to be followed by the Abbattoires and other Food Manufacturing Industries in order to produce Halal Food for the Muslims:

  • Animals will be blessed by Muslims recommended and authorized by ISNAŽ or by its designated agent;

  • Any stunning shall be only to render the animal unconscious momentarily and is not to cause death. This is established by Agriculture Canada requirements and sworn to by the Veterinarian in charge for slaughter operations.

  • The animals are to be cut immediately after stunning to ensure bleeding time in excess of 90 seconds.

  • The Halal identification is to be monitored and strictly regulated to ensure it is affixed only to the products from the Zabiha animals.

  • ISNAŽ is to have the right of access to the business premises without prior notice to ensure that the requirements are being adhered to.

  • Any Halal certification shall be limited to only the Halal operations and not a blanket certification of all meat producing operations.

  • will terminate the Halal certification if the producer fails to make its products Halal.

In its standards for Halal certification, ISNAŽ will treat all producers and distributors equally, whether they are Muslim or Non-Muslim.

A Matter of Trust:

The production of Zabiha / Halal products is a very fast-growing business in North America. Many individuals and companies are seeking to make profits in satisfying the Muslims' desires to eat only those products that are permissible to them. It is a very simple matter for anyone to label a product Halal. If the producers of the product are directly known to the consumers, then a level of trust can be determined. However, when the producers are not directly known and especially when they are not Muslims, then a well-known crediblecertifying Agency such as ISNAŽ Halal Certification Agency (HCA) must do the necessary investigation and set-up the process to give confidence to Muslim consumers that the Halal label is properly used and placed on their products.

ISNAŽ began its Halal Certification program because the Government of Malaysia trusted it to ensure that the meat sent to Malaysia from North America was Halal. Malaysia's trust in ISNAŽ was based on ISNAŽ's history of service to the Muslim community in North America.

Now, it will be up to the Muslims in North America to confirm whether they trust ISNAŽ for its services to the community including the Halal/Zabiha Certification.

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