LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh: Authorities in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh have banned the distribution and sale of Halal-certified merchandise, together with dairy, clothes and medicines saying it was unlawful.
Bakery merchandise, sugar, edible oil and different merchandise which have been labelled as “Halal-certified” by the businesses manufacturing them can be banned from distribution and sale, a state authorities notification stated on Saturday (Nov 18).
“Halal certification of food products is a parallel system which creates confusion regarding the quality of food items,” the notification stated.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is the nation’s apex physique in command of figuring out requirements for many meals merchandise bought within the nation and determines the requirements meals merchandise ought to meet, the notification stated.
Uttar Pradesh, which is dominated by firebrand Hindu monk Yogi Adityanath, who belongs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is India’s largest and most populous state.
Both Adityanath and his authorities have been accused by critics of getting a divisive agenda towards the state’s sizeable Muslim inhabitants, which they’ve constantly denied.
“Religion should not be brought into food. There were many items such as garments, sugar, etc which were being branded as Halal, which is against the law,” state BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi informed Reuters on Monday.