This was revealed at a media briefing held at the Light House Gallery yesterday in view of the company’s 20th anniversary.
He said that the Chairman A.D. Gunapala and Board of Directors had come to this decision based on requests to remove the Halal certification.
In 2014 a similar situation had arisen and they had to remove the Halal logo costing the company 6 million in losses. However, due to pressure to reintroduce the Halal logo, the company had to spend another 6 million, Rajapaksa said.
This loss is mainly due to the company having to destroy the current three month stock of packaging and new stock of packaging needed to be purchased.
What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. In reference to food, it is the dietary standard, as prescribed in the Qur’an (the Muslim scripture). The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited. Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. These terms are commonly used in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and food contact materials. While many things are clearly halal or haram, there are some things which are not clear. Further information is needed to categorise them as halal or haram. Such items are often referred to as mashbooh, which means doubtful or questionable.
In 2013 when the Halal issue was rife, the leader Halal section of the Islam Intellectuals Federation Murfi Mulafar’s statement is as follows;