KUALA LUMPUR - Visitors to the Malaysian International Halal Showcase (Mihas) 2017 had the rare opportunity to watch a tuna cutting demonstration at Japan Pavillion yesterday.
The event was organised by global logistics company, Nippon Express, the first Japanese logistics company to acquire halal logistics certification from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
The 50kg blue-fin tuna was specially flown to Kuala Lumpur from Uwajima City in Japan for the 14th edition of Mihas.
"It left Japan on April 3 and arrived here after about six to eight hours' journey. It was farm-raised, fed with halal pellets and transported here by air in halal-guaranteed condition," Nippon Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd manager (Management System and Certification) Syahira Ahmad Tharmitzi told Bernama.
She said the team from Japan Halal Association performed 'sertu' (cleaning according to Islamic way) on the container used to transport the fish before transferring it to Kuala Lumpur by air.
The audience later had the chance to taste the fish which was cut into tiny pieces.
Syahira said Nippon Express obtained the halal certification in December 2013.
Meanwhile, the company had also ventured into halal warehousing services and is currently waiting for Jakim certification.
"For transportation, we collaborate with main halal industry players such as Brahim's. We do delivery for Brahim's airline catering. For warehousing, we cater for fast moving consumer goods such as condensed milk and beverages.
"Previously, our warehouse in Meru, Klang only stored electronic equipment," she added.
Nippon Express (M) staff that are entrusted to perform the sertu have been trained with relevant knowledge and techniques based on Jakim guidelines.
Mihas is aimed at providing a platform for Malaysians and international companies in the halal industry to forge trade relations and exchange knowledge in business and product innovation.
Mihas 2017 hosts 580 exhibitors from 33 countries, with first time participation by Austria and Finland.