The Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) announced on Sunday plans to begin issuing halal food certificates in Europe to address growing demands by Muslim-Turkish consumers in Europe.

TSE executives said during the 2nd European Halal Conference in Cologne they will soon begin accepting applications in Germany, home to nearly five million Muslims mostly of Turkish origin.

TSE has completed more than 200 applications in Turkey so far and issued 205 halal food and beverage certificates. These certificates take the general standards developed by the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) as a reference.

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