ISNA Joins IFANCA Annual Conference

(April 6-8, 2013) – This past weekend, April 6-8th, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) held its 15th International Halal Food Conference, the theme being “Halal United– An Integrated Approach.” The annual conference is attended by many country delegations, businessmen, experts and professionals and provides technical sessions on the latest developments in global halal certification guidelines for food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and non-food products. From governmental guidelines, to the latest case-studies, the conference series specifically seeks to accommodate the needs of those involved in the Halal industry.

ISNA Development Foundation Executive Director, Ahmed ElHattab, attended the conference as a speaker to address the attendees about the need for US Halal standards and accreditation body. While the US Halal market has grown tremendously the past several years, there have been problems within the industry that require more attention, regulation and authority to protect and safeguard the integrity of the industry as a whole. There are also deep misunderstandings about the meaning and relevance of Halal in mainstream America that need to be addressed as well.

For 50 years, ISNA has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for Muslims in North America. Our vision statement has remained to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America that contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large. The leadership role for taking on the task of developing the US Halal standards and accreditation body is part of ISNA’s commitment to the Muslim community to further ensure that Halal products are standardized, certified and regulated for the protection of the consumer, while encouraging growth and investment in the US Halal industry.