To implement the seriousness in giving protection toward Muslim communities across Indonesia, Indonesian government by way of the ministry of religion creates a program namely “wajib halal 2019”. It basically refers to an obligatory for types of business to have the halal certification. By 2019, all companies are required to register their products through BPJPH or Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal. This scheme has an objective to account the big distinction between halal product and non-halal product.
Some might come with an assumption that “wajib halal 2019” pushes the entire department stores and retailers to provide nothing else but the halal products. To stay clear of misinterpretation, the minister of religion conclusively illustrates that regardless of the product is, the labeling should be explicit, be it halal label on the halal product or non-halal label on the non-halal product. In other words, non-halal brands are still allowed to be in the Indonesian marketplace as long as the label is included.
How to Differentiate Halal and Non-Halal Products
Foreign companies intending to expand their business in Indonesia need to grasp their product sorts. The knowledge is definitely worthwhile to group the goods whether they belong to halal or non-halal. In accordance with brunei-halal.co.uk, the word of halal in Arabic points to something lawful or permitted. Broadly speaking, the term of halal can be defined as edible ingredients (foods, beverage, and medicine) and the ones that are non-edible (cosmetics and chemicals for instance) which are processed by means of the Islamic method and do not break the main principles of Sharia Law.
The opposite word of halal is better known as “haram”. The literal meaning of it is “forbidden” or anything that is forbidden and contradictory to the Islamic rule stated in Quran. If you still need more clarification about this, be sure to check these following lists out:
- Pork or foods that contain lard oil, pig fat, and the similar type
- Meat of animal (cow, ship, goat, chicken, camel, or buck) of which the slaughtering process without calling the name of Allah
- Disgusting animals such as maggot, larva, rat, and worm.
- Meat obtained from the carcass of animal or mammal killed unnaturally
- Booze or alcohol-based beverage
- Birds with sharp claws
If the product of yours belongs to one of the listings, we extremely recommend you to find the right alternative or substitute so that your business to gain the halal certificate doesn’t run into trouble. The local government assigns the BPJPH to make a deep inspection of your products.
The Benefit of Granting Non-Halal Label on Non-Halal Product
The clear advantage of carrying out the non-halal labeling is making the Muslim consumers feel safe and protected. They do not need to think twice when going shopping at their favorite market. The people will surely get convinced, since the products before their eyes have detail information showing halal and non-halal clarity.
In short, giving non-halal label on a non-halal product is such an important way to minimize the Muslim’s consumers’ insecurity and unrest.