Animal slaughter is the guarantee for halal food and beverage products. Halal-haram rules are very centered on regulations related to meat slaughter. Halal meat and its derivatives are essential to guarantee the halalness of the next production chain. Therefore, the Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) held the LPPOM MUI 1444 H Shawwal Festival with the theme “Halal Assurance Starting from the Upstream.” Collaborating with Bank Indonesia, LPPOM MUI had an online technical guidance (BIMTEK) “Easy Ways to Halal Certification for Slaughterhouses,” today (24/5).
In particular, this year’s LPPOM MUI Syawal Festival targets slaughterhouses (RPH) to overcome the scarcity of halal slaughterhouses in 34 provinces in Indonesia. The form is free halal certification to accelerate the supply of halal meat for Muslims. Not only that, but this activity was also enlivened by technical guidance activities to increase the understanding of business actors, especially in RPH, related to the Halal Product Assurance System.
President Director of LPPOM MUI, Muti Arintawati, revealed the great challenge in halal certification is related to the supply of animal-derived raw materials. KNEKS research with the IPB Halal Science Center in 2021 shows that 85% of RPHs still need a halal certificate. Of course, this can be a significant obstacle for Indonesia, which aspires to certify 10 million halal products.
On the same occasion, the Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs, Teten Masduki, stated, “According to the President’s direction, we will speed up the process of obtaining halal certification for business actors, especially MSMEs, by reducing the duration of obtaining certificates. Massive socialization and assistance related to halal certification for MSMEs must continue to be carried out.”
This year, LPPOM MUI is collaborating with Bank Indonesia, which is equally determined to accelerate the implementation of halal certification and the legality of the Veterinary Control Number (NKV) in Indonesia. Arief hopes that this step is in line with the direction of the Vice President at last year’s KNEKS plenary meeting, which requested that all parties push for halal certification of slaughterhouses throughout Indonesia.
“The Syawal Festival is also a concrete step for LPPOM MUI’s contribution to support halal certification in Indonesia. We express our high appreciation to LPPOM MUI, who has always been consistent and passionate about continuing to encourage and accelerate halal certification for business actors as important infrastructure in the halal ecosystem,” said Arief.
Present as a speaker in the webinar themed “Easy Ways to Halal Certification for Slaughterhouses”: Teten Masduki (Minister of Cooperatives & UKM RI), Muti Arintawati (President Director of LPPOM MUI), Lady Yulia (Sub Coordinator of LPH Development and Halal Auditor), Arief Hartawan (Head of DEKS Bank Indonesia), Priyo Wahyudi (Halal Auditor of LPPOM MUI), Apriyani Lestariningsih (Coordinator of Sanitation Hygiene Substance and Application of the Directorate of Veterinary Public Health), Ade Kusmiawati (Head of RPH Cibinong, Bogor Regency)