LUCKNOW: Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have banned the distribution and sale of Halal-certified products, together with dairy, clothes and medicines, saying it was unlawful.
Bakery products, sugar, edible oil and different products which had been labelled as `Halal-certified’ by corporations manufacturing them could be banned from distribution and sale, a state authorities notification mentioned on Saturday.
“Halal certification of meals products is a parallel system which creates confusion relating to the standard of meals gadgets,” the notification mentioned.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is the nation’s apex physique in cost of figuring out requirements for many meals products bought in the nation and determines the requirements meals products ought to meet, the notification mentioned.
Uttar Pradesh is dominated by firebrand Hindu monk Yogi Adityanath, who belongs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.
Both Adityanath and his authorities have been accused by critics of getting a divisive agenda towards the state’s sizable Muslim inhabitants, which they’ve constantly denied.
“Religion shouldn’t be introduced into meals. There had been many gadgets similar to clothes, sugar, and so forth which had been being branded as Halal, which is towards the regulation,” state BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi mentioned on Monday.
Published in Dawn, November twenty first, 2023