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Pharmaceutical products must have halal certification: MUI

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 19, 2013   /  04:51 pm

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) said pharmaceutical products, both medicines and vaccines, must obtain halal certification.

'€œPharmaceutical products are in the same position as food products, which must first be certified halal before being consumed,'€ said MUI chairman KH Ma'€™ruf Amin in Jakarta on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said that for Muslims, ensuring that a product was halal, or permissible according to Islamic teaching, was part of their faith and belief.

'€œThus, the halal certification for pharmaceutical products is part of efforts to protect Muslims from consuming medicines tainted with haram [forbidden] substances,'€ said Ma'€™ruf.

He further said that for Muslims, consuming halal medicines and vaccines was a human right that must be protected and guaranteed by the state as mandated by the Constitution.

'€œThere is a need for a comprehensive regulation in the form of a law, especially a Halal Product Guarantee Bill, to determine the halal and haram status of foodstuffs and other goods,'€ he said.

The MUI has also called on the government to facilitate industries to create halal and quality pharmaceutical products through research and development.

'€œThe MUI urges all parties to pay respect to their competence and authority in line with their core duty and function,'€ said Ma'€™ruf. (ebf)

 

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