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Businesspeople not yet ready with mandatory halal certification

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  03:38 pm
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People buy meat at a supermarket near Gunung Putri, West Java. The Halal Products Guarantee Law, which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2014, will take effect on Oct. 17.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

After about five years of preparation, the 2014 Halal Products Guarantee Law will take effect on Oct. 17. But many companies, especially those involved in the production of food and beverages, will unlikely be able to obtain the certificates due to high certification costs. Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (Gapmmi) vice chairman Rachmat Hidayat said thousands of food and beverage producers would be unable to obtain the certificates not only as a result of high certification costs but also because of the complicated auditing process. “We do not want anyone to restrict the sales of unlabeled products,” he said during a discussion in Jakarta on Wednesday. Rachmat said there were at least 1.6 million food and beverage producers from micro to big enterprises in the country that had yet to be certified. He also doubted that the new government agency for halal certi...