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* Sri Lank monk party proposes listing ingredients in package to suspend Halal certification
Thu, Feb 28, 2013, 08:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 28, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist nationalist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka suggested that the solution for the Halal certification issue is to list all ingredients in the package of products.

Minister Ranawaka expressed these views addressing a function held yesterday to mark the launch of a book titled "Halal - Truth and the Untruth" authored by JHU.

The Minister said that this measure will facilitate the Muslims as well. He argued this process could be monitored by Sri Lanka Standards Institute but the Halal certificate which is under sharia law cannot be monitored by the institute.

Minister Ranawaka said that the Halal certification could be completely stopped through implementing his proposal.

The Buddhist nationalist organization Bodu Bala Sena is waging a war against the Halal certification of the foods by the Muslim clerics' organization All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU).

In a measure to diffuse the growing tension between the Sinhalese and Muslims, the ACJU has asked the government to take over the responsibility of issuing Halal certificates.

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