Halal certification is mandatory for all producers claiming their products are halal and will be marketed in Indonesia. There are several stages of halal compulsory certification. It will be implemented for the food and beverage sector on October 19, 2024. This was conveyed by the President Director of LPPOM MUI, Muti Arintawati, in a webinar with the theme “Easy Ways to Halal Certification for Slaughterhouses” on May 24, 2023, which included a series of LPPOM MUI Syawal Festival activities 1444 H.
A product becomes easily halal-certified when all the ingredients are halal, and the manufacturing process complies with the requirements. Each stage of the production process must meet traceability aspects, from the production stage, receiving raw materials, processing, storage, and distribution, until the product reaches the consumer. Halal certificates will provide halal guarantees to consumers and as compliance with regulations in Indonesia.
Indonesia still faces big challenges in halal certification. One of them in the food and beverage sector is animal products and their critical derivatives in slaughtering. KNEKS research with the Halal Science Center IPB in 2021 shows that 85% of RPH still need a halal certificate. This can be a significant obstacle for Indonesia, which aspires to certify 10 million halal products.
As support for the Government’s program, LPPOM MUI has conducted the Syawal Festival program for the past three years to accelerate halal certification. In 2021 and 2022, LPPOM MUI will focus on encouraging MSMEs in general. Meanwhile, this year, the focus is on the supply of materials from upstream, the RPH.
“The choice of slaughterhouses as the target for this year’s Syawal Festival is because we see that halal upstream determines the success of downstream halal products. We expect that the Syawal Festival can encourage the achievement of halal certification for food and beverage producers according to the mandatory halal target set by the Government in 2024,” said Muti. (*)