Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust (JUHHT), secretary, Niaz Ahmad Farooqui on Wednesday that all "Halal audit procedures" have been applied before issuing certificate to many of the plants of Patanjali Ayurved Limited.
"We're one of the leading Halal certification bodies inIndia. In the last few days, we have observed that there is fake news beingcirculated in social media that the Trust has certified cow urine or productswhich may have cow urine in it. This fake news is being circulated mentioningthe name of a company, Patanjali Ayurved Limited. We wish to assure that allthe Halal audit procedures and processes have been applied and properinvestigation was done before issuing Halal certificate to many of the plantsof Patanjali Ayurved Limited," said a statement.
It said a minimum of two Muslim Halal auditors including aFood Technologist inspected various Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd Plants. "We alsotrain their staff regarding Halal compliance," the statement said.
"We also confirm that at no stage cow urine is being used inthe certified manufacturing site neither has been cow urine found to be storedin any part of the plant inspected," the statement said. "Patanjali AyurvedLimited produces few cow urine based products in separate plants, which we havenever visited nor certified. However, due to transparency declaration, they hadto submit details of all the products which are Haram/cow urine based."
"We have that list too with us and we never certified them.The certificate clearly mentions the scope of the Halal certification, the listof the products manufacturing address and other details. So there is noconfusion about the products certified as Halal," the statement said.
The statement said the Trust has certified few products of Patanjaliwhich were produced in plants exclusively dedicated for Halal products only andhaving at least one Muslim employee who is part of the Halal assurance systemimplemented by the respective units.
"If some people have objection that we have certified acompany owned by a Hindu, let me clarify that we can certify any company whichproduces Halal product regardless of their caste, creed or religion," said thestatement. Each company which is certified by us has to follow our stringentHalal documentation process which also includes a legally abiding document(affidavit) declaring to be Sharia compliant during the certification tenure."