Chinese restaurant halal orders more halal dishes, orders more spicy
Restaurants in the Chinese city of Shanghai ordered more halachic dishes and sauces last year than in the previous three years, according to halal food inspection authorities.
The food inspection watchdog, China Halal Food Inspection Service (CHFSIS), said halal certification of Chinese restaurants in the second quarter of this year was at a record high.
Last year, CHFSIS said there were over 4,800 restaurants that were certified halal.
CHFSI has reported that Chinese restaurants are now certified by the Ministry of Food, Health and Families (MHF) to serve halal meals.
CHFIS did not disclose the number of restaurants that are certified to serve “halal” or non-halal foods.
The certification authority is also expected to announce next month that the city of Beijing will be the first to offer halal delivery of halal-certified food to restaurants.
CHFsIS said Chinese restaurants ordered 3,857 halal foods and sauces in the year to June 30, up by more than 10% from the same period last year.
In its annual report, CHFsis said the number from the second half of 2017 was up by 17% from last year to 5,058 halal restaurants, which represented about 40% of all restaurants.
The report said the halal number in Shanghai rose by 7% to 2,814 restaurants, representing about 30% of the city’s total.
According to CHFSis, the total number of halachically certified restaurants in China increased from 7,500 in 2017 to 10,822 last year, while the total halal count was up to 2.7 million.
The CHFSISTS report said China halal kitchens had increased their inspections of halality to detect food that was not halal or nonhalal.
Halal certification is the process by which food is tested to ensure that it meets the standards of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Taoism, according the website of the World Council of Food Security (WCFS).
In recent years, Chinese restaurants have started serving halal and non-haram food, as well as kosher foods.
In 2016, Chinese food inspectors also began testing food that is served in the United States.
In January, a California court issued an order ordering the city to ban a halal bakery in San Francisco.