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February 4, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1433120329pChulalongkorn University’s Halal Science Center is joining hands with Chiang Mai province in organizing the “Chiang Mai Halal International Fair 2014.”
The four-day fair will take place at the Chiang Mai Hall, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, from 6 to 9 February.

According to Director of the Halal Science Center Associate Professor Winai Dahlan, halal products and services from all parts of Thailand and from other ASEAN countries will be displayed and put on sale at the fair. They include food and beverage, processed food, accessories, and other goods. There will be more than 200 booths.

The fair also features business matching, cultural shows, and the Halal Science Industry and Business International Conference. It aims to make halal products and services better known both locally and internationally. Mr. Aziz Pitakkumphol, the Sheikhul Islam of Thailand (Chularajamontri, or the State Counselor for All Islamic Affairs, in Thailand) is scheduled to preside over the opening ceremony on 7 February.

Apart from opening up new markets for halal products and services, the Chiang Mai Halal International Fair 2014 will provide more knowledge and understanding about halal, which is not merely a food industry but a way of life.

Chiang Mai is a major source of agricultural products and handicrafts in the northern region. The province is striving to become a center of halal food and services for tourism and halal medical hub in the ASEAN region.

Because of its abundant agricultural resources ready to be used as raw materials for food production, Thailand has great potential for producing and exporting more halal food. Out of 30,000 food factories in Thailand, about 8,000 are involved in halal food production.

Thailand has become one of major halal exporters in ASEAN. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where people are mainly Muslims, have become Thailand’s important markets for halal food and products in this region.

The Central Islamic Council is responsible for issuing halal certification and accreditation in Thailand. The Halal Standard Institute of Thailand was established in 2003 under the supervision of the Council to develop halal product standards and conduct halal product inspection in accordance with Islamic Law.

The Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok is recognized as the first halal science agency ever established in the world. It plays an important role in developing the standards of Thai halal food and provides analytical services and research for the detection of contamination detrimental to halal food manufacturing.

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