IFRC ASIA CELEBRATES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY!
A humble beginning with the truest purpose of carrying out Fardhu Kifayah (Islamic obligation) in order to serve the Muslim Ummah, Islamic Food Research Centre (IFRC) was founded in 2002 in Malaysia under the company name Bahtera Lagenda Sdn. Bhd. (BLSB) by Tuan Haji Abdullah Fahim, a former Research & Halal Director of JAKIM. It was the pioneering consulting company for halal certification for the local religious departments of Malaysia namely JAIS (Selangor), JAIP (Perak), JAIJ (Johor) and JAIPP (Pulau Pinang). It then made its way to become the first fully private halal certification body (HCB) in Malaysia under the name IFRC certifying products throughout the country before expanding to overseas mainly China. At this point halal certification in the country was booming. Soon enough it reached the global market ultimately putting halal certification and logo on the map.
In 2009, IFRC was registered in Hong Kong to meet the increasing demand in Hong Kong and China which offered the prospects to make more halal products available for Muslims in the region and additionally helped provide more job opportunities to the local Chinese Muslim community. Currently IFRC has 700 clients globally and has hired 42 employees; experts, auditors and consultants with exceptional qualifications from different ethnicities and backgrounds. IFRC is one of the earliest members of World Halal Council (WHC) since 2008 and is recognized by its 29 members worldwide namely in the Philippines, Turkey, South Africa, USA, UK, Germany etc. IFRC is the official WHC Secretariat in Malaysia that hosts its Executive Committee Meeting in Kuala Lumpur yearly. Additionally IFRC is also recognized by the Islamic Cultural Association of Hong Kong and the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of Korea.
In 2021, IFRC's parent company BLSB, has been appointed as the official consultant of JAKIM Malaysia under the "Rakan Strategik" Scheme to process Malaysian Halal Application and to conduct training.
Alhamdulillah with the help of Allah S.W.T the Almighty throughout its 20 years of business, IFRC had survived many obstacles whilst managed to achieve numerous milestones without compromising its integrity, and with so many more goals to accomplish. The Board would like to express its utmost gratitude to all IFRC & BLSB dedicated staffs, loyal clients, partners, affiliates, associations, NGOs, government agencies, friends and families for being part of its success over the years and looking forward to the continued support InshaAllah for many decades to come.
Thank you. جَزَاكَ ٱللَّٰهُ خَيْرًا
IFRC ASIA (2002-2022)