TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) deemed the Indonesian Government has yet to be ready in implementing halal certification. It was stated by Chief of YLKI’s Daily Operation, Tulus Abadi, in a press conference in Duren Tiga, South Jakarta, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
“The government, in my opinion, is not ready yet, in regards to the readiness of the infrastructure of halal certification institutions and the human resources,” said Tulus.
He stated that it would require at least 25,000 auditors for the certification. Meanwhile, there are only 1400 auditors as of now.
The auditor for halal certification is an individual who expert in checking the halal qualities of a certain product.
Tulus went on to commended Sri Mulyani on her proposal to make a halal certification process for small and medium enterprises (UMKM), free. However, according to Tulus, the matter at hand is the readiness of the infrastructure, rather than the fee, as it would also take into consideration halal transportations and logistics.
“Not only the product needs to be halal, but the logistics side; a halal logistics is now the problem,” said Tulus.
He went on to exemplify Japan’s application of halal logistics, as halal logistics needs to be applied in order to truly maintain a real halal certification.
“But, that (halal logistics) can not be negated, it needs to be there to truly maintain a real halal certification,” added Tulus.
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