Halal Certification Authority (HCA) was created to help manufacturers acquire a larger piece of the profitable Halal food industry. It aspires to be the best reputable, trustworthy professional certifier of Halal food. Founded in 1993, HCA instantly became the leading certifier in its very first year of business. HCA is still a market leader and founding member of World Halal Food Council and World Halal Council.
The process of Halal certification consists of the following steps:
- The appropriate food supplier or manufacturer applies to the relevant accrediting organisation. Presenting detailed information about the raw ingredients, and additives, and the production process.
- An assessment of the manufacturing site is then carried out by a certified person from the certifying organisation to identify whether all the relevant requirements are systematically being fulfilled, and a report is created. The applicant might be required to modify their manufacturing processes or ingredients to give further details about their supply chain.
- A certification agreement is then concluded between the applicant and the certifying body, and Halal accreditation or certification is awarded for some time.
The cost of Halal certification in Australia:
Across the globe, the halal industry is valued at $3 trillion. In Australia, it brings in about $8.5 billion, $1.5 billion of which resides in the meat sector.
Meat manufacturing companies generally purchase their halal certification with an annual fee and a cost per package, and certifications of slaughterhouses are done 4 times a year, costing around $2,000 to $3,000 for each audit.
On April 16, 2015, after fact inspection, it was released that, an annual information report was lodged by the Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia Inc (SICHMA) with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register. It shows the charity had an income of just over $1.5 million for the year to June 30, 2014. Most of the revenue, $1.1 million, was accreditation income and directly over $400,000 was “halal analysis”. After donations of $368,000 and business expenses, SICHMA recorded a profit of $546,000.