World Bulletin / News Desk
Sri Lanka Muslims decided to remove Halal logo from local products after Buddhist threats.
Sri Lanka Muslim clerics' organization, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), which has been issuing the Halal certificates to businesses, said it has decided to remove the Halal logo from all local products.
The decision comes after the Buddhist extremist group Bodu Bala Sena issued an ultimatum to the traders to remove the halal products by the end of this month.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo Monday, the ACJU said the Halal certificates will be issued free of charge only to exporters who request it.
The ACJU, accompanied by the representatives of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and a group of Buddhist monks led by Ven. Bellanwila Wimalasara Thero at the media briefing, said the Halal logo will not be displayed on food packages after the existing stocks with the logo exhausted and the Lankan producers will no longer carry the Halal logo on their products unless requested by their foreign consumer.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said ACJU came to the decision to waive the Halal certification after extensive discussions it had with the Chamber and the Buddhist clergy.Last Mod: 11 Mart 2013, 13:13