The halal market is increasing globally, not only in Islamic countries but also non-Islamic countries. Based on marketwatch.com, in 2022, the worldwide halal food market is worth 1244.8 million USD in 2020 and is expected to reach 1676.9 million USD by the end of 2026. This figure grew by about 4.3% during 2021-2026.
“The increasing demand for halal products should be accompanied by guarantees that Muslim consumers get a guarantee of halal products. So far, there are two ways a product gets a halal claim, namely self-claim and halal certification,” explained the President Director of LPPOM MUI, Ir. Muti Arintawati, M.Si., conveyed this in a halal workshop organized by Food Ingredients Asia (FiA) some time ago at JIEXPO, Jakarta.
Self-claims are generally in the form of statements of products free from illicit ingredients such as alcohol, pork, and so on; statements that claim halal in accordance with the provisions of each country; or a statement that the product is vegan.
While the halal certificate while the halal certificate is a Halal Certificate is a recognition of the halalness of a product issued by BPJPH based on a written halal fatwa issued by the MUI. And is the result of an examination from LPH, one of which is LPPOM MUI.
In this case, LPPOM MUI always strives to help companies enter the global market by meeting halal requirements with local and global standards.
Currently, Indonesia has implemented mandatory halal certification regulations for all products in circulation in stages. This is in accordance with Law Number 33 of 2014 concerning Halal Product Guarantee (JPH Law) and its derivative regulations.
In this era of mandatory halal certification, there are 3 (three) parties that play a role in halal certification in Indonesia, namely the Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH), the Halal Inspection Agency (LPH), and the Indonesian Ulema Fatwa Commission (KF MUI). Halal provisions issued by KF MUI will be the basis for the issuance of Halal Certificates by BPJPH. However, long before that, the product had to go through a halal inspection by LPH.
“LPH has an important role in determining the halal fatwa of a product. This is because the audit report is one of the basis for determining product fatwas. When LPH provides the wrong data, the KF MUI will also incorrectly determine the fatwa and eventually the halal certificate issued by BPJPH becomes invalid,” explained Muti.
To fulfill this, as an LPH, LPPOM MUI continues to improve and maintain the competence of auditors, which includes: 1) understanding of halal requirements and fatwas related to halal products; 2) understand the production process and materials used in the manufacture of the audited product; 3) able to understand and assess the adequacy of supporting documents for halal; 4) understand and be able to assess the adequacy of the halal management system implemented by business actors; 5) able to dig up data and information needed in the audit process.
Food Ingredients Asia (FiA) 2022 is an expo from various ingredient suppliers, distributors, and food and beverage manufacturers from all over the ASEAN region and around the world. This year, the FiA will be held directly (offline) on 7-9 September 2022 at JIEXPO, Kemayoran-Jakarta. In addition to offline activities, the FiA also facilitates online activities, such as webinars. (YN)