May 7, 2024


Indonesia mandates halal certification for chicken slaughterhouses



The Indonesian Trade Ministry has announced the mandatory requirement of halal certification for all chicken slaughterhouses starting this October, aiming to ensure the quality and compliance of poultry products, Bernama reported.


Indonesia's Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan emphasised the significance of these new guidelines, which encompass various aspects of slaughtering and processing, in upholding halal standards.


These guidelines are in line with the government's directive for all micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the culinary sector to acquire halal certification by October.


Zulkifli stressed the urgency of implementing mandatory halal certification, highlighting that readiness should be prioritised.


On April 1, Indonesia's Cooperatives and SMEs Minister Teten Masduki expressed concerns about the challenge of meeting the halal certification deadline, especially for SMEs in the culinary sector.


The Religious Affairs Ministry's Halal Product Assurance Organising Body (BPJPH) has been expediting the halal certification process through the "Mandatory Halal by October 2024" campaign since last year.


This campaign aims to educate business owners, stakeholders, and the public about the legal requirement for certification for products circulating in Indonesia, which is home to the world's largest Islamic population.


It aligns with the first phase of mandatory certification starting this October, covering three product groups: food and beverage (F&B), raw materials and additives, and slaughter services and products.


Last month, the BPJPH organised on-the-spot halal certification registration events at 5,040 locations and conducted integrated monitoring programs in the upstream sector at 1,068 locations, including F&B facilities and slaughterhouses in 34 provinces.


-      Bernama

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