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Mandatory halal certification problematic

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3 2019   /  02:06 am

After about five years of preparation, the Halal Products Guarantee Law, which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2014, 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...