PORT KLANG: QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd (QSR Brands) has become the first manufacturer in Malaysia to install a Shariah-compliant water recycling plant.
The newly-upgraded wastewater treatment plant and the installation of a recycling plant at Ayamas Food Corp factory is part of the firm's 13-year collaboration with Aliran Ihsan Resources Bhd (AIR).
In a briefing today, QSR Brands managing director Datuk Seri Mohamed Azahari Mohamed Kamil said the endeavour was in line with the firm's halal principles.
“Being a halal food provider is not just about how you cut the meat, but also the cleanliness and the sustainability of the factory.
“Through this collaboration with AIR, QSR Brands will also now boast a sustainable and shariah compliant water recycling plant,” he said.
AIR chairman Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said the pact would reduice the plant's current dependency to the city water supply by 25 per cent.
“This will help substantially with our operational cost,” said Che Khalib, adding that it had invested RM4 million for the project.
“QSR Brands will be paying us back for the next 13 years. This agreement works for us as this will provide us a long-term recurring income from the payments.”
Che Khalid said the technology used for the project was the combination of Ultra-Filtration Membrane with biological wastewater treatment process, which is also known as the Membrane Bio-reactor for the upgrading works and a polishing system for the recycling plant.
“The ultra-filtration uses a JAKIM’s Halal certified Activated Carbon membrane application with pore sizes in the range of 0.1 to 0.001 micron which enables the removal of suspended matter, bacteria, and viruses.
“This is the first in the world halal recycling plant for poultry processing that provides clean water, free of pathogens and low turbidity which provides confidence to the user,” he added.
QSR Brands and AIR are in discussions to introduce a similar technology at QSR Brands’ plant in Johor
QSR Brands is the first and only fully-integrated food operator in Malaysia.
It is the operator of Pizza Hut in Malaysia and Singapore, and Kentucky Fried Chicken in both countries as well as Brunei and Singapore.
AIR, a subsidiary of MMC Corp Bhd, specialises in the full spectrum of water treatment from operations, maintenance and rehabilitation of facilities to treatment of water.
It operates and manages two water treatment plants in Taiping and Gunung Semanggol in Perak.