QSR Brands unveils world’s 1st halal compliant water recycling plant

Aliran Ihsan Resources involved in newly-upgraded wastewater treatment plant and installation of recycling plant at Ayamas factory in Port Klang

By HABHAJAN SINGH / Pic By QSR

Ayamas Food Corp Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd, has unveiled what is believed to be the first-in-the-world halal recycling plant for poultry processing.

The wastewater treatment and recycling plant in Port Klang, Selangor, also cuts water usage by 25%.

The newly-upgraded wastewater treatment plant and the installation of the recycling plant at the Ayamas factory in Port Klang was done in collaboration with Aliran Ihsan Resources Bhd (AIR), a member of MMC Corp Bhd.

The upgrade aims to support Ayamas’ near future production expansion with the usage of wastewater treatment of up to 3,000 cu m/ day, according to a joint statement from QSR Brands and AIR.

The fast-track project was completed in October 2018 within an eight-month time frame.

At the launch ceremony, QSR Brands MD Datuk Seri Mohamed Azahari Mohamed Kamil said continuous improvement to its facilities were made possible with the everevolving technology.

“QSR Brands is fully mindful that it takes collective actions to bring positive impact to the community and environment.

Also present at the event were MMC group MD Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, AIR CEO Adam Saffian Ghazali and QSR Brands CEO for the upstream division Adi Wira Abd Razak.

The treatment plant is equipped with technology to treat effluent into clean, clear and odourless water categorised as “air mutlaq” or pure water by the Selangor state mufti’s office.

This is in line with QSR Brands’ halal assurance to consumers for full compliance across its “farm-to-fork” operations.

The company said the reuse of the treated water is recognised as safe and complies with the Shariah and halal certification guidelines, and is consistent with the published decree by the Selangor Fatwa Committee.

For the recycling plant, the final effluent from the wastewater treatment plant can be reused for non-potable purposes such as floor and truck washing, toilet flushing, as well as for gardening the landscape.

Mohamed Azahari said the initiative will promote sustainable conservation of water, while preserving the ecosystem.

The technology deployed for the project uses the combination of ultra-filtration membrane with a biological wastewater treatment process which is also known as a membrane bio-reactor (MBR).

The ultra-filtration uses the activated carbon membrane application, certified halal by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia. Its pore sizes in the range of 0.1 to 0.001 micrometres enable the removal of suspended matter, bacteria and viruses.

The recycling plant for poultry processing is said to provide clean water that is free of pathogens and has low turbidity.

Che Khalib, who is also AIR chairman, said the company looks forward to more opportunities to share its membrane application technology such as the MBR and reverse osmosis, as well as other water treatment expertise.

He said the technology contributes to the preservation of the ecosystem through sustainable water resources management.

“We hope that more companies will follow Ayamas’ environmentally responsible practices and adopt this green initiative within their business operations,” he said.