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MUI fights back with legal challenge as govt takes over halal certification authority

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Batam   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  09:42 am
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Two Indonesian Muslims choose halal ramen from a vending machine. JP/Rosa Panggabean(JP/Rosa Panggabean)

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has gone to court to challenge the government’s authority to certify halal products, a move seen as an attempt by the organization to regain its decades-old control over the certification.    Directors of MUI's food and drug analysis agencies (LPPOM) from 31 provinces across the country have lodged a petition for a judicial review with the Constitutional Court, challenging three articles in the 2014 Halal Product Assurance Law. The petition was filed roughly two months before the law, which obliges all products sold in Indonesian market to obtain halal certificates issued by the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH), took effect on Oct. 17. The plaintiffs specifically disputed the authority of the BPJPH, a government-mandated body set up under the Religious Affairs Ministry with responsibility for managing halal certification. ...