Muslim consumers met by Malaysiakini frowned on the move by Institut Kerjasama Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (Ikiam) and Risda to issue their own halal certification for goods produced by Muslims.
However, some believe the move should prompt the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to expand its jurisdiction to certify non-food products as well.
Rashidah Halim, 40, said businesses want to ensure that their suppliers follow halal practices.
"Everything must be halal, but Jakim only looks at food production. We should also look into the production of food packaging, for example. It must all be halal," Rashidah told Malaysiakini.