Yes, being a Muslim country with the world largest Muslim population, the Indonesia government is pretty strict when it comes to the Halal regulation in Indonesia. In accordance to the Indonesian Regulation No. 33 of Year 2014, all food, beverages, drugs, cosmetics, chemicals, and organic products sold in Indonesia is required to have a Halal certification. The Indonesian government’s new Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH) was established by the Indonesian government in October 2017 to take over the role of halal certifier from the country’s top clerical body Majlis Ulema Indonesia (MUI). The regulation covers guidelines including technical matters related to halal certification and the need for an Indonesian halal logo.
The Halal Law is of strong relevance to manufacturers of consumable goods, chemical products, medicines, cosmetics, and importers of these products. The halal certification is expected to be in operation by the end of this year (2019) which leaves companies in a short period of time to be in compliant to the Regulation (No. 33 of Year 2014) before the auditing and halal certifying agencies recognized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs are fully up and running.
What is the Definition of Halal
Halal is an Arabic word means allowed or permitted by Islamic Law. The Law No 33 years of 2014 does not mention what halal is. It just explains halal in specific terms such as “halal product”, “halal label” and “halal certificate”. In relation to food, it must be:
- Does not stem from or consists any part or item from animals that are forbidden (pig, carrion, having claws, talons or fangs, etc.) to Muslims by Islamic Law.
- Food when prepared, processed, manufactured, packaged, stored or transported does not come in contact with or stored near any food that is forbidden and contain impurities as defined by Islamic Law.
- Animals that are allowed and been slaughtered according to Islamic Law, not killed by strangulation or killed by wild animals.
- Food, be it animal, vegetable, fruit or grain must be Tayyib (healthy) and does not contain any substance that is considered impure (alcohol) in Islamic Law.
- Food that is prepared, processed or manufactured using equipment or utensils that are free from impurities as defined by Islamic Law.