Halal MSMEs Certification Still Has Financial Problem: LPPOM MUI

Jakarta, MINA – Director of Food and Drug Analysis Agency of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (LPPOM MUI), Lukmanul Hakim said that a joint solution was needed regarding the financing of halal certification for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

This was stated when opening a halal certification training held by Indonesia Halal Watch, in Jakarta, recently.

MSMEs account for 60 percent of the economic movement in Indonesia. According to Lukmanul, this number needs to be considered, especially when it is associated with Halal Product Guarantee Act (UU JPH).

“What needs to be understood, first, is that there is no term taking over the halal certification process from MUI to the government, which is precisely collaboration. Second, there is a problem in the implementation of JPH Law related to financing, “he explained.

He added, to fix that problem we need to find a joint solution related to this financing because it is impossible to be fully charged to the state, but on the other hand, MSME entrepreneurs must not be complicated by the enactment of the JPH Law.

The enactment of Law No. 33 of 2014 concerning Guaranteed Halal Products which will be effective in October 2019. In Article 4 of the JPH Law emphasizes that all products circulating in the community must be certified.

Lukman explained, if highlighting more in the JPH Law mandating the cost of MSME certification to be born by government, this became one of the obstacles in the implementation of the JPH Law.

“Don’t make halal a tool to kill MSMEs. Therefore, one of the things that needs to be changed is how halal is not a burden for company, but rather becomes the company’s effort to fulfill consumer desires, “he said. (T/Sj/R04)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)