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MSMEs struggle to understand, comply with halal certification

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 28, 2019   /  05:00 pm
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Palembang deputy mayor Fitrianti Agustinda (second from left) checks on imported instant noodles' halal labeling at a shopping center in Palembang in South Sumatra.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

As the country’s Halal Product Guarantee Law took effect last week, some micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the food and beverages (F&B) sector were still in the dark about the new regulations. The law stipulates that all non-haram products and services must obtain halal certification. It also shifts halal certification authority from the Indonesian Ulema Council Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics (LPPOM MUI) to the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) under the Religious Affairs Ministry. Randhy Nugroho, owner of the Sedjoli home-based pastries and coffee shop in South Jakarta, said that he did not fully understand the new halal certification registration procedure and that many aspects of it were complicated. “The new institutions are overlapping and the BPJPH’s role is redundant,” he said. He was referring to the proces...