Exec: Halal lab starts operations next year

THE P49-MILLION halal laboratory of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter next year.

Mirasol G. Domingo, assistant regional director for technical support services of DOST XI, said yesterday in BizForum at Dermpath in SM City Davao that the laboratory will test products if these are free from impurities.

“This is to assure that the products undergo strict safety standards,” Domingo said, as these products would be made available especially to the Muslim market.

She said the laboratory will priorities the testing of food products.

Anthony C. Sales, regional director of DOST XI, said earlier in an interview that food products would be considered as Haram, or forbidden in Islam, if they contain particles of pig, horse, insect, frog, dog, cat and other impurities.

To assure that the products are free from forbidden particles, Sales said these have to be tested in the Halal laboratory, which is nestled within the regional office of DOST near Southern Philippine Medical Center.

The regional office is currently in the bidding process to procure equipment for the laboratory.

Sales said among those that will be procured include gas chromatography mass spectrometer, high performance liquid chromatography and polymerase chain reaction, which can test if the product tests positive of any of the forbidden particles.

“There should be also no alcohol content,” Sales said.

The Halal laboratory in the region will be the third in Mindanao next to the two laboratories in Cotabato City. Apart from Davao City, the DOST is also building one in Zamboanga City.

The Halal testing laboratories, Sales said, are important as “there needs to be science behind the certification and standardization in the industry.”

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