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13 Halal Food companies to operate in Serkam Halal Hub

Posted on: May 7, 2009

Bernama – Thursday, May 7

JASIN, May 6 (Bernama) — A total of 13 companies involved in the halal food industry will soon be operating in the Serkam Halal Hub industrial area in Serkam near here, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.

He said the factories to be rented out by the 13 companies have already been completed by Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka (PKNM) on a 1.6 hectare area with a cost of RM12 million.

“This is the first halal hub industrial area in Melaka set up in a cluster manner,” he told reporters after visiting the area today.

Mohd Ali said the 13 factories will be producing their goods in compliance with the HALAL certification requirements, Good Manufacturing Practice and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point.

The products will be manufactured for local and international markets, and among them are frozen food, cordial beverages, spices, soya, coconut milk, fish products as well as confectionary and nuts.

“The products to be produced at the halal hub have been estimated at a value of RM25 million a year,” he said.

He said the setting up of the hub has also resolved the problem of producers located in unsuitable places and having difficulties getting the certification standard as set by the authorities.

“I hope the SME Bank will be able to provide immediate loans to the operators so that they can carry out their respective factory operations in this industrial area.”

He added that Bumiputera entrepreneurs were being encouraged to venture into the halal products industry as it had a wide market both at home and abroad.




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