SERI KEMBANGAN: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has seized 17 million products nationwide over the use of fake halal logos.
“As of August, we registered 41 cases of the use of fake halal logos. We confiscated 17 million products,“ said the ministry’s deputy secretary-general Datuk Muez Abd Aziz said at the announcement of the Halfest Giant 2018 Halal Expo at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) here today.
The expo is set to run for five days from Sept 26 at the MIECC.
Muez told an audience of 500 traders that the ministry viewed the issue of counterfeit halal logos seriously because the halal food industry had the potential to contribute US$560 billion (RM2.3 trillion) a year.
“We view seriously the use of fake halal logos which has become an issue. They (perpetrators) can be quite creative,” he said.
“They do not want to apply for halal certificates. Using a counterfeit halal logo is an offence under the Trade Description Act 2011.”
Shapers Malaysia Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdullah said the expo was a way to boost the competitiveness of halal product traders nationwide.
He said traders would be able to share ideas and learn from one another at the expo.
The expo, which is being held for the seventh time, aims to attract 150,000 visitors. The 677 booths are expected to offer goods at discounted prices. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd