April 11, 2024

 

Indonesia declares US halal certifying bodies fully accredited to issue certificates for food products

 

 

 

Indonesia's Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH) listed five US halal certifying bodies (HCBs) on its website as fully accredited to issue halal certificates for US products destined for the Indonesian market, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS).

 

The accreditation of the HCBs is vital to providing US suppliers with as many halal certification service providers as possible before enforcement of Indonesia's mandatory halal certification law for most food and beverage products begins on October 17, 2024. US producers seeking to send halal-eligible products to Indonesia should apply for halal certification either directly with the Indonesian

government or through an accredited US HCB.

 

The five listed HCBs and their halal certification scopes are as follows:

 

    - The American Halal Foundation (AHF), based in Tampa, Florida, is accredited to halal certify food, beverages, chemical products, drugs/pharmaceuticals and slaughtering services;

    - Halal Transactions, Inc. / Halal Transactions of Omaha (HTO), based in Omaha,

Nebraska, is accredited to halal certify food, beverages, chemical products and slaughtering services;

 

    - The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), based in Des Plaines, Illinois, is accredited to halal certify food, beverages, drugs/pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics;

 

    - Islamic Services of America (ISA), based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is accredited to halal certify food, beverages, chemical products, drugs/pharmaceuticals and slaughtering services;

 

    - The Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA) Halal Certification Department, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, is accredited to halal certify food,

beverages and slaughtering services;

 

Indonesia's accreditation of the HCBs permits them to halal certify products/services within their approved scopes that are produced in the United States. However, it does not permit them to halal certify products/services from other origins to Indonesia.

 

- USDA-FAS

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