Check Halal Products, At LPPOM MUI or BPOM?

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Industrial development in Indonesia continues to improve, especially industries with food products, medicines, and cosmetics. The number of products circulating in Indonesia is also increasing. Of course, this is inseparable from various regulations and rules, such as the need for distribution permits and Household Industrial Product (PIRT) permits, to halal certification.

There are two institutions that are often associated despite having different functions. First, the Institute for the Study of Food, Medicines, and Cosmetics of the Indonesian Ulema Council (LPPOM MUI). Second, the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) of the Republic of Indonesia (RI). Let's get acquainted with the functions of these two institutions.

LPPOM MUI was formed by MUI on January 6, 1989 to conduct halal inspection and certification. This was in response to public unrest in the lard case in 1988, in which the government mandated the MUI to defuse the case.

"In carrying out its role as a Halal Inspection Agency (LPH), LPPOM MUI continues to show its existence as a credible institution, both at the national and international levels," explained lppom MUI Executive Director, Ir. Muti Arintawati, M.Si.

LPPOM MUI is the first LPH to be determined by the Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH). In addition, LPPOM MUI became the first Halal Certification Body (LSH) to have been accredited with SNI ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 from the National Accreditation Committee (KAN), and has been recognized by the overseas halal certification body, emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) in the UAE standard 2055: 2-2016.

Muti also emphasized that the certification standards and the Halal Assurance System (SJH) designed and implemented by LPH LPPOM MUI have also been recognized and even adopted by overseas halal certification bodies, which now reach 44 institutions from 26 countries.

(Also read: List of Overseas Halal Certification Bodies)

In the process and implementation of halal certification, LPH LPPOM MUI collaborates with various institutions, one of which is BPOM. In collaboration with BPOM, the MUI halal certificate is a requirement in the inclusion of the halal logo on the packaging for products circulating in Indonesia.

BPOM itself is a non-Ministerial Government Institution which was officially formed based on Presidential Decree Number 103 of 2000 and has undergone changes through Presidential Decree Number 166 of 2003.

This agency is present on the basis of the importance of Indonesia to have an effective and efficient Food and Drug Control System (SisPOM) to detect, prevent and supervise products intended to protect the security, safety and health of its consumers, both at home and abroad.

Similar to LPH LPPOM MUI, BPOM already has a national and international network with high professional credibility. In addition, law enforcement authority, especially related to the supervision of product circulation, is within the realm of BPOM.

Simply put, halalan thayyiban. If, LPH LPPOM MUI plays a role in checking a product from the halal side (halalan), then BPOM is authorized to check the safety of products that are viewed from the health side (thayyiban). With a distribution permit from BPOM and an MUI halal certificate, it can be ascertained that the product is halal, healthy, and safe for consumption. (YN)

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