Author(s): Edi Krisharyanto, Endang Retnowati, Noor Tri Hastuti
This paper seeks to analyze the provisions and regulations applied in Indonesia in connection with the process of halal food procedures and supervision. This is motivated by the actual conditions that the industry and all its components must be more creative and responsive to accommodate changes in order to meet the increasing Muslim population demands on halal products in terms of quality, packaging, and other process standards. The global situation is rapidly changing, making the challenges faced also higher, among the noticeable current development is the need for regulation and provision in assesment and supervision of halal products. This condition demands a change of institutionalizing and supervising the products. For Indonesia, a halal certification and labelling requirement is necessary, because beside its large Muslim population, it is also one of the more recently established standards set by export destination countries. In the ASEAN neighborhood, Indonesia is the largest Muslim country, coupled with other Muslim majority countries such as Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. Other countries also have high Muslim population growth. Hence, halal certification and labeling is an absolute requirement for processed food products either in finished or semi-finished form so that these products can be exported to the ASEAN region. In this matter, Indonesia certification and halal label issued by Majelis Ulama Indonesia has considerable role in managing and licensing of halal certification and labelling for Indonesian products. To improve its role in enhancing Indonesian products position in international market, and avoiding dispute from ASEAN countries in terms of its position as a mass organization and the capability in halal certification and labelling, Majelis Ulama Indonesia needs to the use of modern technology and strengthen law enforcement and harmonization with national legal system.