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Jakarta Post

Halal certification hard for MSMEs

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 23 2019   /  02:38 am

Many industry players have said that they will have no problems complying with the regulation mandating halal certification, which the government recently issued to implement Law No. 33/2014 on the halal product guarantee.The new regulation was issued following the May 14 launch of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s 2019-2024 sharia economy master plan.However, the country’s micro, small and medium (MSME) food and beverage producers will find it a challenge meeting the mandatory halal certification, as they would need to spend additional funding and time to obtain the certificate.The Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) of the Religious Affairs Ministry is to coordinate with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to approve halal certification for food and beverages, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and fashion products under the government regulation.Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (G...