The World Halal Food Council (WHFC) was born out of an idea of the Assessment Institute for Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. As there are many Halal organizations in the world, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) wanted to bring these organizations together in order to know each other and work together (silaturahhim). With this in mind the LPPOM MUI, in a gathering in the The Hilton Hotel in 1999, founded the World Halal Food Council (WHFC) and chosen Prof. Hj. Aisjah Girindra as its first President. Also agreed to appoint a team consist of Dr Mohamed Sadek from USA, as vice president, Mr. Ali Chawk from Australia as General Secretary and A. Al Chaman from Netherland as treasurer. The mission of the WHFC was to regulate the Halal standard in the Slaughtering Category, Food Processing Category and Flavour Industry Category.
Over the years, there were name changes to the WHFC which resulted in the word “Food” being eliminated and a new title emerged – World Halal Council. In 2007, Prof. Dr. Aisjah Girindra was replaced by Dr. Ir. H.M. Nadratuzzaman Hosen as President who remained in this position until 2009. In the following year, 2010, Dr. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Si, was elected as the new President of the World Halal Council.
On the 23rd June 2011, more than twenty one certifying bodies worldwide have met in Bidakara hotel, Jakarta for two days and agreed after long deliberation to re adopt the original visions, aims and name of the 1999 organisation.
The delegates unanimously agreed to :
|a.||Reactivate The World Halal Food Council.|
|b.||Elected Dr. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Si, Director of LPPOM MUI as The President of WHFC|
|c.||Register the WHFC in Indonesia|
|d.||Have its permanent Head office in Jakarta|
|e.||The WHFC also reaffirmed the aims of the organization which are to safeguard the implementation of Sharia law, maintain the unity and strength of the organization and achieve a unique and global standard.|