By: Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, March 10 (CNA) The number of restaurants in Taiwan that have been given halal certification — which identifies them as serving food in compliance with Islamic dietary law — has broken the 100-mark, the head of the Tourism Bureau said Friday.
“We hope to see the number reach 200,” Chou Yung-hui (周永暉) said, pointing out that Taiwan is making efforts to move toward a more friendly environment toward Muslims in a bid to attract Muslim visitors.
Chou made the remarks at a ceremony to grant halal certification to 28 restaurants, including 16 in hotels, which were issued by the Tourism Bureau, in collaboration with the Taipei-based Chinese Muslim Association.
This brings to 104 the number of restaurants throughout the country that are now certified as halal, which, among other things, means that they do not serve certain foods such as pork or alcohol, which are not permissible under Islamic law, according to the association. [FULL STORY]