Established in 2003 and originally referred to as the Central Laboratory and Scientific Information Center for Halal Food Development (Halal-CELSIC), the Halal Science Centre (HSC) has become the research and network core for Halal science in Thailand. The center now has linkages in more than 10 laboratories, at several universities and institutions throughout the country. It is committed to the technological research and development of Halal-related sciences and the verification of Halal products and food to comply with the sanctity required in Islamic law. The center is also actively generating and transferring knowledge and innovation about Halal products to the public, through study and seminars.
The Halal Science Center is fully equipped with modern and advanced scientific devices, including LC/MS/MS, GS/MS, HPLC, GC, ICP, AA, FTIR, UC, and Realtime-PCR. These are essential to detect and analyze any contamination that may be detrimental to Halal food manufacturing, such animal fatty acids, animal proteins/DNA, gelatin, alcohol, and microbial contamination. HSC has a team of scientists with a Ph.D. or Master degree in biochemistry, food and nutrition, pharmaceutical science and medical technology, who are all professionals in handling laboratory analysis, research and requests for consultations in Halal food standards. The center is, therefore, qualified to certify the Halal GMP/HACCP as well as Halal-QHS/ISO 22000 to the food manufacturers, restaurants, and other food service industries, as required.
HSC is responsible in the sales and distribution of all books on Halal GMP/HACCP, written or published by the center’s notable scientist, in conjunction with the National Food Institute, Ministry of Industry. In cooperation with The Faculty of Allied Health Science, HSC offers a Bachelor program in Nutrition and Dietetics, producing the most qualified and well-trained Graduates that are specialized in Halal food standard, food manufacturing and food certification.
Chula’s encouragement and support for research is excellent for teachers, students, and the public.
Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University