Cardia Bioplastics (CB), an Australian company, was awarded the certification by the Chinese Islamic Association for their range of bio-hybrid resins, which are made from renewable sources and can now be used in and by Muslim cultures worldwide.
Dr Frank Glatz, managing director of CB, highlighted the significance of the certification as a “commercial milestone for the company”.
Glatz explained: “Meeting the strict halal criteria imposed by Islamic law is universal recognition that our biohybrid resins are safe to use in food packaging applications; are manufactured hygienically using high-quality techniques and resources; and that consumers can place trust in our products.”
There are an estimated 1.6bn Muslims worldwide and having the certification allows CB to develop its market share of the global plastics and packaging industries.
Glatz said: “The potential of halal certification should not be underestimated. Many people assume that the term halal refers only to food, whereas in fact, the halal certification can apply to a number of categories, including food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and cosmetic products and, in our case, consumables.”