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A supply chain integrity framework for halal food

Mohd Helmi Ali (School of Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia)
Kim Hua Tan (Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham, UK)
Md Daud Ismail (School of Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 3 January 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a food supply chain (SC) integrity framework in the context of halal food.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper provides a discussion on the development of food SC integrity framework using triangulation of interviews’ insights with literature.

Findings

Current industry practices such as standards have not been sufficient in embracing the concept of food SC integrity. As the food SC is complex, food SC integrity framework is proposed as a solution. This paper proposes food SC integrity framework for halal food. It consists of four dimensions, namely: raw material, production, service, and information integrity. In addition, key elements for each dimension are derived from the interviews’ insights.

Research limitations/implications

The framework provides the evidence that the safeguarding of halal food integrity does not rely solely on certification; but it requires an extensive effort beyond certification.

Practical implications

Safeguarding of food integrity should involve all stages and actors of the SC. Religious standards should incorporate SC integrity profiling through a controlling mechanism to promote higher food product integrity.

Originality/value

Food SC integrity framework is important to religious food as it plays a significant role to the population. This study contributes to a newly developed SC integrity framework in the context of halal food.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and the Ministry of Education Malaysia for funding the study under FRG scheme-FRGS/2/2013/SS05/UKM/02/2.

Citation

Ali, M.H., Tan, K.H. and Ismail, M.D. (2017), "A supply chain integrity framework for halal food", British Food Journal, Vol. 119 No. 1, pp. 20-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2016-0345

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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