Brazil's CDIAL Halal has been approved by the GCC Accreditation Centre (GAC) to award certification in five more categories.
GAC on Apr 22 issued the notification on its website confirming the halal body can now also certify categories D (perishable vegetable products), E (products with long shelf life at room temperature), F (feed production), H (distribution), and J (transport and storage).
CDIAL Halal was previously approved to certify category C (animal slaughter and meat processing) and L (chemical and biochemical manufacturing).
GAC's approval will directly impact the export horizon of the companies in Brazil that CDIAL works with.
Earlier this week the Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA) reported that sales of food and beverages to Muslim-majority countries rose by 4.89% in March to 2.28 million tons, even as the number of halal certificates for meat and poultry dropped 5% largely in the first quarter of 2020.
CDIAL Halal can now halal certify one more category, under GAC's remit, than its competitors FAMBRAS and SIIL Halal. FAMBRAS is newly-approved to take on categories H and J to add to previously-approved categories C, D, E, and L. SIIL Halal can now certify categories D, F, H, and J on top of previously-approved C and E.
GAC approval means halal certification bodies can issue GAC-accredited certificates for Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Yemen.
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