In Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government’s ban on halal products has created a huge controversy. Not only the sale of Halal food, but also the storage and distribution of various products for certification is prohibited. Medicines and beauty products with Halal certification cannot be sold either.
The official explanation behind the ban on halal food is that many products are entering the market with fake halal certificates. After the ban, the authorities are conducting inspections from Lucknow Mall onwards. It is pointed out that soap, toothpaste and edible oil are brought to the market under the guise of fake certificates. A case has been registered against some companies. The Food Safety Department has registered a case against eight companies only after the inspection conducted in the Lucknow mall.
The team inspected various types of products sold in the mall, including soft drinks, meat and dry fruits. The reason behind the widespread ban is that medical devices and other products are now being marketed with this certification even though it is against the law. There are those who argue that the business interests of other community members are blurred. But Islamic organizations strongly argue that halal is related to Islamic religious belief and certification of products should not be prohibited.
What is the controversy?
It is noteworthy that on one hand followers of Islamic law advocate consumption of only halal certified products and this extends even to preferred medicines, while on the other hand other religious believers boycott such products. One section calls for halal while another section advocates the abolition of the halal certification process itself. But Niaz Ahmed, CEO of Halal Trust has stated that the ban on Halal products cannot be justified under any circumstances and will approach the court.
Why is there no export ban?
There are clear norms for the export of products, especially food products, to various Arab countries including the UAE and other foreign countries. Imposing a sudden ban on exports in compliance with these will not only cause inconvenience but also affect the business of various companies in this field. This could also lead to a sudden sharp decline in food exports.