Halal Food refers to food for Muslims who do not eat pork for religious reasons. The word halal literally means ‘permissible,’ and food permitted under the Islamic Law is called halal food. Pursuant to the relevant laws, all halal foods are required to obtain certification for the manufacturing process.
Recently, Samyang Food, a large food company in Korea, was found to have exported food products that fail to fulfill the halal food standards to Islamic countries while advertising them as halal food.
Samyang Food’s production line for exporting ramen to Islamic countries such as Indonesia bears the Halal Mark, which certifies that its products are manufactured in compliance with Islamic food production regulations. The production line, however, turned out to have also manufactured ordinary ramen products.
It is a clear violation of halal food production regulations: The food company did not fulfill the regulation that requires separating product lines for halal and non-halal foods so that the ingredients of two different types of foods do not mix with each other.
According to the food authorities, it is stipulated that once a production line is set for halal food, it can never be used for manufacturing non-halal foods, even if it is cleaned before use.
In April, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety detected a violation of this regulation by Samyang Food.
The Ministry said, "Site inspection (on Samyang Food) found that the company did not separate the production lines of halal and non-halal foods."
Meanwhile, Samyang Food explained, "Since the April inspection by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, we have been producing halal products in full compliance with halal regulations."