Editorial with Sujit Nair: UP bans 'halal-certified' products | Yogi Adityanath | Nirmala Sitharaman

3 months ago
In this editorial segment, Mr. Sujit Nair discusses the Uttar Pradesh government's recent decision to ban the sale, manufacture, and distribution of 'halal-certified' products in the state. This move has sparked a considerable debate. Halal certification indicates that products adhere to Islamic law and are suitable for consumption by Muslims.

It's noteworthy that the ban excludes halal-certified products meant for export, particularly to Middle Eastern countries where such certification is often a requirement. The government justifies the ban on the grounds of public health and the prevention of confusion. Specifically, it points out that halal certificates for vegetarian products, such as oil, soap, toothpaste, and honey, where certification is unnecessary, suggest a deliberate criminal conspiracy against a specific community and its products.

According to the government, the halal certification system creates confusion about the quality of food items and goes against the basic intention of certain regulations. The order cites Section 89 of the relevant Act as the legal basis for the ban. The government took this action following information that dairy items, sugar, bakery products, peppermint oil, salty ready-to-eat beverages, and edible oils were being labeled with halal certification.

The government claims that there is ongoing propaganda within a particular section of society to discourage the use of products lacking a halal certificate. This, according to the government, adversely affects the business interests of other communities. The decision to ban these products came shortly after the police in Lucknow booked a company and three organizations for providing ""illegal halal certificates"" to retail products in the state.

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