Indonesia is a country with the biggest Moslem population in the world, stating that approximately 14 percent of the world’s Moslem people live in this nation. That’s why halal industry offers a very huge potential market in Indonesia for business people. Foreign chains restaurants, Slaughterhouses, as well as catering businesses must also have this certification when they are targeting Moslem people. Some drugs and cosmetic industries should also obtain this certification to indicate that their products are Halal. In this article you will get what’s the truly meaning of Halal certificate, Halal standard and the information procedure to get Halal certificate in Indonesia.
First of all, you need to know what the meaning Halal. Halal is a basic requirement of food, drugs, cosmetics, and other consumer goods that can be eaten, used, or applied directly to the bodies by Moslems. It must not contain any kinds of ingredients that considered as Haram—the opposite of Halal—mainly alcohol, pork or pork by products, any kinds of animal blood, dead animals without slaughtering, and animal slaughtered in the name of other than Allah. Beside getting the Halal certificate, you also have to register your products under BPOM to prove that your products are beneficial for consumers and it does not contain any harmful ingredients.
All halal products can then put a Halal logo on the package. Indonesian consumers are aware with the existence of this Halal logo. It shows them which products can safely consume by Moslems and which cannot. The food or cosmetic products sold without the logo can be considered as not Halal or Haram, which means that Moslems (which is 88 percent of the total population in Indonesia) will likely to avoid them.
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The Halal Certificate is issued by Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI/The Indonesian Council of Ulama) after certain tests and analysis are done by Lembaga Pengkajian Pangan, Obat dan Kosmetika Majelis Ulama Indonesia (LPPOM MUI/The Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics The Indonesian Council of Ulama) to see whether or not the products meet the requirement set by the Body.
Indonesia also approves Halal Certification from 25 Halal Certifier Bodies from 44 countries worldwide. The certification is valid only for products that produce in the country where issuing the approved halal certification. The exception is for products that make in Europe, which can take halal certificate by any approved halal certification bodies across European countries.
However, it does not mean that LPPOM MUI will not ask for clarification. Companies will need to clarify some crucial things by submitting certain documents. For more information about this, you can contact us and we will explain further, regarding to what foreign bodies are eligible for what products, what common questions and documents asked to prove the Halal Products, etc.
LPPOM MUI will make sure that the products are free from Haram ingredients and the overall production processes meet the Halal standard, including the name of the products and the packaging.
To obtain a halal certificate, the companies must register every product and follow the below process:
It is highly important for the companies not to name their products with something that can associate to Haram things or practices that forbid by Islamic precept. Also, the package should not contain characters, symbol, and illustration that imitate the Haram products.
Due to the sensitive issue of halal and haram in this Moslem majority country, we suggest that the company seeks for expert assistance to register your products in order to get Halal Certificates. If you have any questions feel free to post your comments below, or you can directly contact us to email@example.com, and we will get back to you soon.