Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has established a special committee to oversee and standardise halal certifications for restaurants and butchers. The ministry is working with representatives from Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country, to enact regulations around halal certifications, which will ensure that businesses are complying with Islamic practices that include slaughtering animals according to religious stipulations and avoiding banned food products.
The committee aimed to finalise the certifications by early next year. This certification is the first of its kind, so it is an important milestone within the community.
For halal restaurants currently operating in Cambodia, the new certification is likely to bring a period of adjustment. If restaurants can promote halal food through the programme, it could attract more tourists and investors from the Islamic world and bring about increased business opportunities.