SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Shinsegae Food Inc., the food manufacturer of retail giant Shinsegae, said Monday it has earned a halal certificate for the cafeteria it will operate during next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, as part of its efforts to meet various demands of athletes from all across the globe.
Shinsegae Food said its halal food zone at the athletes’ village has received a certificate from the Korea Muslim Federation, a halal certification body recognized by Jakim, Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development.
Halal food refers to food products that are prepared in a specific way according to Islamic Sharia law, which covers not only meat but also fruits and vegetables.
Shinsegae Food was tapped to provide meals for about 10,000 people, including athletes, administrators and operations personnel and the media for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
It has been preparing to launch the halal zone for Muslim participants, which account for about 5 percent of the total athletes who will visit the country next month.
The Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, and the adjacent sub-host cities of Gangneung and Jeongseon.