Ministries sign agreement for institutional support for Italiana Halal Italia Certification Scheme.
22nd July 2010: With the creation in Italy of a `halal’ certifying organization capable of attesting compliance with Islamic laws of various products, a quality mark has been established for Italian products in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors intended for the markets of countries where the majority of the population is Muslim.
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economic Development, Health and Agriculture, Food and Forestry have signed an agreement aimed at ensuring the necessary institutional support for `COREIS Italiana Halal Italia Certification Scheme’.
Only recently, the Aldo Moro Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs housed in the Palazzo della Farnesina was the venue for the presentation of the `Halal Italia Certification Scheme’.
Halal Italia is a mark created and registered at the Italian Patents and Trademarks Office by the Halal Italia Ethical Committee of CO.RE.IS. (Comunità Religiosa Islamica) Italiana.
The scheme has already resulted in the certification of the products of a number of Italian firms that are now available to Muslim consumers in Italy and elsewhere.
During the presentation of the Halal Italia scheme, foreign minister Franco Frattini, deputy minister of economic development Adolfo Urso, minister of health Ferruccio Fazio and minister of agricultural, food and forestry policies Giancarlo Galan signed an `Inter-ministerial agreement’ aimed at ensuring the institutional support of the Italian government for CO.RE.IS.
Italiana’s initiative is of the firm belief that it is necessary to sustain the internationalization of the country’s productive system, the protection of Italian products and the promotion of Italian interests abroad.
The ministers’ introductory speeches were followed by that of the secretary-general of CO.RE.IS. and founding member of Halal Italia, IlhamAllah Ferrero.
The ambassadors and diplomats of over 25 Organization Islamic Conference countries extending from the Maghreb to the Persian Gulf and from the Middle East to Southeast Asia were also present.
Those accepting the invitation from the Farnesina and CO.RE.IS. included diplomatic representatives of Morocco, Egypt, the Arab Emirates, Iran and Malaysia.
The event was also attended by numerous representatives of the trade associations in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors.
Italian entrepreneurs are increasingly on the lookout for new opportunities for internationalizing their activities and, in particular, are taking a greater interest in the markets of the Islamic world.
Among those present at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were delegates from the principal trade associations interested in the agreement, representing the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors.
A large delegation from CO.RE.IS. Italiana, headed by its president and founder Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini, its vice-president Imam Yahya Pallavicini, its director-general Dr ‘Abd as-Sabur Turrini, and its secretary-general, IlhamAllah Ferrero, with the founding members of the Halal Italia certifying organization was there to welcome the guests from Italy and elsewhere.