Govt Launches New Halal Certification Label
14 March 2022 09:32 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Ministry launched a new halal certification label that is valid starting March 1, 2022. The Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) Head Aqil Irham said the label must be used to mark the halal status of a product in accordance with applicable regulations.
The new label will replace the current one issued by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). “But business players who have halal-certified products before the BPJPH’s operation and still have stocks of products bearing the MUI’s halal label and registration number are allowed to use up the stock first,” said Aqil in a written statement, Sunday, March 13.
They are then required to adjust the packaging of their products by adding the new purple logo according to the BPJPH Head’s Decree No. 40 of 2022 as the mandate of Article 37 of Law No. 33 of 2014.
Aqil claimed that this policy has the aim to ease business players in implementing the mandatory halal certification rule, which was previously a voluntary program, during the transition period.
The BPJPH Secretary Muhammad Arfi Hatim added that as a marker of the halal status of a product, the halal label must be easily seen and read by the public or consumers. It must also be ensured that it cannot be easily removed, detached, and damaged according to the regulations.