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F&B companies struggle to comply with halal certification requirements

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 7, 2020   /  12:07 pm
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A discussion on halal certification is attended by (from left) Indonesian Food and Beverages Producers Association (GAPMMI) committee head for public policy and inter-institutional relations Doni Wibisono; Vice President expert staff member Lukmanul Hakim; Indonesia Halal Watch executive director Ikhsan Abdullah; Biofarma head of corporate communications Iwan Setiawan; Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) head Tulus Abadi and Trisakti University transportation expert Raden Didiet Rachmat Hidayat on Jan. 6. (JP/Moch. Fiqih Prawira)

Industry players, especially food and beverage producers, are struggling to comply with the mandatory halal certification regulation, specifically when it comes to fulfilling requirements related to product reaudits for adding new ingredients, halal storage, distribution and means of transportation. Enforced in October last year under the Halal Products Guarantee Law, the law mandated that all non-haram products and services must obtain halal certification. The law also shifts the authority to handle the issuance of halal certification 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, though the former is still assigned to evaluate, test and approve the products. The Indonesian Food and Beverages Producers Association’s (GAPMMI) committee hea...