International Symposium on Halal Food

Toward Better Understanding of Halal Certification System and Halal, Not Limited to Certification.

There is said to be international trade of about US$ 1.3 trillion in halal food and much larger volumes in non-food halal products. Nevertheless, it is just in recent years that halal certification system began to emerge and be adapted in Japan as a region of Muslim minority. Also, it was during these ten years that some international guidelines on halal food have been sought and applied in the global trade.

Eating is a matter of faith in Islam. Muslim dietary practice is fundamentally the act of obeying God. Many gaps remain in between “halal – not limited to certification” as behaviors on the basis of Islamic faith and “halal certification system,” in which what is halal food is stipulated. However, insufficient background knowledge often leads to confusions, and misleads non-Muslims to believe that certified halal is the only true halal.

This symposium aims to better understand halal food system, halal certification system, and halal through keynote lectures and panel discussion, inviting domestic and overseas experts and researchers. This symposium also provides an opportunity for knowledge seekers in halal sector to acquire useful findings.

Date:July 14 (Sat), 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Venue:Yayoi Auditorium Annex, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo



  Moderator: Tetsuya Araki (Associate Professor, Dept. Global Agricultural Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
13:00~15:00 Part 1: Keynote Lectures
13:00~13:40 "Food for Thought: The Halal Food System – Science & Religion-Confusions, Controversies & Knowledge Gaps"
Hamid Ahmad (Ex-Head / Principal Scientific Officer, Meat & Livestock Products Research Laboratory, Food & Biotechnology Research Centre, Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of Pakistan; United Casing Corporation, Pakistan)
13:40~14:20 "Is There a Goal for the Standardization of Halal Certification Systems? A Reflection on their Past, Present, and Future"
Emi Goto (Associate Professor, Network for Education and Research on Asia, The University of Tokyo)
14:20~15:00 "Toward Better Understanding of Halal: Practices through Halal Research Group in Utsunomiya University"
Atsunobu Tomomatsu (President, F&T JAPAN; Professor Emeritus, Utsunomiya University)
15:00~15:30 Coffee Break
15:30~17:00 Part 2: Panel Discussion
"Toward Better Understanding of Halal Certification System and Halal, Not Limited to Certification"
Moderator: Tetsuya Araki
Panelists:Hamid Ahmad, Atsunobu Tomomatsu, Emi Goto

Organizers:The University of Tokyo
      Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
      Network for Education and research on Asia

Supported by Japan Halal Business Association