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Neo Group unit loses Halal certification, must re-apply after April

NEO Group's wholly owned subsidiary Deli Hub Catering has received a suspension of its Halal certification until April 30, 2016, the restaurant and catering company announced on Friday after the market closed.

The suspension was due to the subsidiary breaching a requirement that all Halal food and raw materials must be segregated from non-Halal items during transportation, and that cross-contamination of equipment and utensils should be avoided.

Halal certification, which marks food that is compliant with Muslim doctrine, is administered by Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura.

Deli Hub will have to re-apply for certification after the suspension period. Neo Group said it is working closely with a consultant to resolve the matter. The company said it is not able to definitively assess the financial impact of the suspension at the moment.