Guidance of Halal Certificate Application for Chain Restaurant
What is a Chain Restaurant?
One of Malaysia’s halal certification schemes for domestic applications is the chain restaurant.
A chain restaurant is described as a food premises with three or more locations that use the same brand and follow standard business methods such as centralised kitchens, centralised purchasing, and other business practises, as well as franchise restaurants.
Application Requirements and Criterion
The requirements and criteria that must be met by chain restaurants are listed below:
Possess a valid certificate of business registration from Malaysia’s Companies Commission (SSM).
Possess a local authority’s business licence or approval (PBT).
Possess a valid BKKM food premises registration certificate (FOSIM).
Before applying for halal certification, a new outlet must be fully operational for at least three months.
Produce and/or operate exclusively halal products, including trade products, and comply to halal regulations.
Apply the halal application to any menu that is still being made or presented on the premises.
The name of the company, product, menu, ingredients, and brand of the product used shall not include the word ‘halal’ in any statement or description to indicate that it is suitable for Muslim consumption.
Food outlets with central kitchens must first apply for halal certification through the ‘food and beverage scheme.’
Each outlet of a chain restaurant operating under the same brand must submit a halal application, which must be controlled centrally.
The applications listed below are not eligible:
Produce products or menus that are not halal.
The use of the same brand for both halal and non-halal goods or services (subject to application in Malaysia).
Any misleading terminology such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum, hot dog, char siew, and the like are used in company names, goods, menus, and brands that relate to non-halal products or synonyms or similar to non-halal products.
Non-halal food restaurants that provide and serve non-halal cuisines.