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As the demand for halal certification  is increasing in the industry  worldwide, the processing lines of halal products right up to packaging, handling, storage, transportation   and  distribution    must   comply   with   the   halal   requirements. According to Islamic Law, najis mughallazah is considered as a severe najis derived from dogs and pigs. Halal foods, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products  re considered najis if they are contaminated or come in direct contact with this najis. In cleansing a severe najis, Islam requires proper cleaning through 7 steps of washings and one of which shall be water mixed with soil/day.

Industrial application requires some modification of traditional practice of using any soil or clay at any level of concentration. A specific samak soil/clay standard for industrial application is needed to meet the halal requirement as well as meeting the specifications of the equipment or machineries. In addition, it must comply with safety and quality  of  the products  manufactured  as well as the regulation  and guidelines practiced. It  is also very important  not  to  cause any damage to· the equipment and devices involved.

As   potential   samak  clay  for   industrial application, the physical and chemical characterizations of  the  local clays have been  carried   out    as   well    as   their effectiveness  in·  cleaning  the   najis.  In addition, the safety aspect such as heavy metal content and microbial load were analysed for consumer safety.

The samak clay being developed will be available with the material safety data sheet (MSDS)  and  the  specifications  that meet    the  halal   and industrial requirements. It will be available locally in abundance, cheaper, safer and easy to use with    complete  instruction.  The   development    of    local    clay   for    samak application that complies with halal requirements can contribute significantly to the overall    growth of the halal industry. Hence,   it will enhance the general consumers confidence in the halal products.

by Norrahimah Kassim, Puziah Hashim, Dzulkifly  Mat Hashim and Hamdan Jol. (Researcher's)

 

SAMAK/SERTU REFRENCE AND GUIDELINES

Link :

  1. Irsyad-al-fatwa siri ke 172 /persoalan berkaitan samak (Pejabat Mufti Wilayah)
  2. Garis Panduan Sertu Menurut Perspektif Islam (JAKIM

 

Updated:: 31/03/2017 [salehan]

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