Additional Guidelines


1. Once the slaughterhouse is approved, Halal Transactions of Omaha will issue the Plant Halal Certificate which will be valid for one year to be renewed yearly. The Plant Halal Certificate should not be sent with shipments of products. Another type of certificate, the Product Halal Certificate, issued by HTO, should accompany products to customers. Only original Halal certificates, not copies, should be sent to customers. The plant and HTO will retain copies of all the issued certificates for their records.

2. The approved companies can use the name/logos of HTO on their Halal products with permission only. Also, the Halal products certified by HTO must not bear the name or logo of any other Halal certifier.

3. If the finished product is to be sold within the US it will be accompanied with our Domestic Halal Certificate, and if the product is to be shipped to other countries (where HTO is accredited) it will be accompanied with our Export Halal Certificate. 4. The company must keep records of these criteria and guidelines; sanitation reports; slaughtering reports; materials used in processing; procedures applied; the Halal products sold and the issued Halal certificates in a separate file of Halal Production and present them to the auditors or other authorities when needed.

5. Internal and outside audits will be required periodically, especially if there is any change in the procedures, formulas, finished products, new labeling scheme or equipment used.

6. Several states and countries have laws against Halal fraud. The burden of proof on the halalness of the product lies on the processors and sellers. Truth in Halal labeling is a must.

7. Claims regarding the nature of the product, such as: organic, type of breed; natural; hormone, antibiotic, GMO-, MSG-free; nature of animal feed; or claim of any health benefit should be documented. Truth in labeling is required.

8. Implementation of the above criteria after approval of the plant will be based on honesty and trustworthy of the company and will be more effective if it is fully supported by the management and well socialized at all levels in the company.

9. Corrective action for implementation of these criteria is taken if any nonconformity in the implementation was found at the time when an audit was conducted. Serious violation of the above criteria and breaking of the trust relationship will result in the permanent revoking of the plant certification.

10. The plant should refer all inquiries by all parties about the Halal Services and Procedures to HTO for answering. A representative of HTO must be present in the plant whenever an outside visitor is invited to observe the Halal production.


Examples of critical points:


Cognac oil; fusel oil; brewer yeast; tartaric acid.

1. Microbial Byproducts. They are considered Halal unless they belong to the following categories then become critical: alcoholic drinks with more than 0.05% alcohol; microbial products grown on Haram media; produced using enzymes of Haram origin or using Haram additives; microbial recombinant genes derived from non-Halal species; alpha- amylase enzymes produced by microbes with genes derived from animal origin; insulin hormones and human growth hormones produced by bacteria with genes derived from the pigs.

2. Other Derivatives that may become critical points: Aspartame; MSG; mono/ diglycerides; natural coloring; flavors; solvents; casing; sweeteners; aromatic; seasoning; dressings; vitamin coatings; emulsifiers; stabilizers; antifoaming agents, anticaking; shortening; filtering; antioxidants.