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Saudi FDA recognizes PH-based halal certification body

Prime Certification and Inspection, a subsidiary of the United Arab Emirates-based Prime Group of Companies, has been recognized by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority as the first and only Philippine-based halal certification body to vet halal food exports bound for the kingdom.

This came on the heels of new regulations implemented by the Saudi government in November last year stipulating that meat, poultry, and their derivative products can only be exported to the country if these have halal certificates issued by a body accredited and approved by the SFDA.

With the SFDA approval, Prime Certification and Inspection now serves as the only halal certifier in the Philippines with direct ties to the kingdom.

“Prime Certification and Inspection - Asia Pacific is proud to be the first and only halal certifying body in the Philippines recognized by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority,” said Dr. Mary Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi, CEO of the Prime Group of Companies.

“With the growing demands brought about by the rapid increase of Muslim populations worldwide, we look forward to providing the first step for Filipino brands to penetrate this growing global market,” she added.

As a leading quality and compliance solutions provider specializing in helping local brands export halal products to Muslim-majority markets, Prime Certification and Inspection has since certified 22 multinational companies and homegrown Philippine brands.

Topics: PRIME , FDA , UAE , Halal
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