2 Juli 2012

Cardia Bioplastics receives Halal certification

Cardia Bioplastics receives Halal certification for its range of Biohybrid™ resins

Sustainable resins supplier to the global plastics and packaging industries, Cardia Bioplastics Limited, has today announced that it has received Halal certification for its range of Biohybrid™ resins. Derived from renewable sources, these resins now have formal acknowledgement of compliance with Islamic laws regarding safety and quality, allowing them to be used in and by Muslim cultures worldwide.

Dr Frank Glatz, Managing Director of Cardia Bioplastics, said that the Halal certification is a significant commercial milestone for the Company.

“The Halal symbol has gained significant commercial value across the globe because the underlying principles of the criteria are universal and transcend boundaries of race and religion.

“Quite simply, it provides assurance of absolute quality in the product and manufacturing process,” said Dr Glatz.

“Meeting the strict Halal criteria imposed by Islamic Law is universal recognition that our Biohybrid™ resins are safe to use in food packaging applications; are manufactured hygienically using high quality techniques and resources; and that consumers can place trust in our products.

The Halal certification was recently issued to Cardia by the Chinese Islamic Association which is an appointed Halal Certification Body by Halal Malaysia, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). JAKIM is highly recognised throughout the Islamic world and therefore make Cardia’s Halal certification credible in all Muslim countries.

“Malaysian Halal certification opens up a wealth of opportunities for Cardia to market its renewable Biohybrid™ resin technology to the global and rapidly growing Muslim community,” said Dr Glatz.

“It is estimated that 1.6 billion people worldwide follow Muslim teachings, therefore having Halal certification opens up the opportunity for Cardia to significantly increase our market share of the global plastics and packaging industries.

“The potential of Halal certification should not be underestimated; many people assume that the term Halal refers only to food. In fact, the Halal certification can apply to a number of categories, including food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and cosmetic products and in our case, consumables,” Dr Glatz said.

“It is a significant achievement for Cardia, giving us a competitive edge applicable on a global scale.”

Source: Cardia Bioplastics, press release, 2012-07-02.

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