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Palm Oil Halal Certificate: Would Raise Pro and Contra but Would Escalate Competition



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Palm Oil Halal Certificate: Would Raise Pro and Contra but Would Escalate Competition

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – To realize the goal of halal product guarantee, the Government of Indonesia published many regulations, such as, the Laws Number 33 / 2014 about Halal Product Guarantee. It is about to implement halal product guarantee in Indonesia and decide the products that would get halal certificate. Palm oil is categorized as the commodity (product) that should get halal certificate and it is in the first phase of implementation from the regulation.

Some palm oil products that should get halal certificate are refined bleached deodorized palm kernel oil (RBDPKO), refined bleached deodorized palm oil (RBDPO), refined bleached deodorized palm olein, refined bleached deodorized palm stearin (RBDPS) and palm cooking oil. This would be relevant namely to confirm traceability and the process.

Chairman of Jakarta Planter Club (JPC), Aman Mustika said that halal certification would make new activity namely in traceability. But it would be very significant to make sure that fresh fruit bunch (FFB) derived from clean sources (not being contaminated by the dirty, for instance, feces of cows), not being stolen, and the supporting materials should be halal when processing palm oil.

Aman Mustika continued, halal certificate would raise pro and contra but from JPC perspective, it would deliver additional values for palm oil products themselves. “By having halal certificate, palm oil products would have additional value significantly,” Aman said to InfoSAWIT.

Aman Mustika hoped that the government would deliver easiness when having halal cetification process and avoiding the long term - process or involving many instances. This would be very important to run the process efficiently and effectively.

Halal certificate on palm oil would deliver not only guarantee for the Islam consumers about the halal products they consume but also would escalate palm oil competition from Indonesia to the world. It would be easily accepted in international scale – markets that may deliver terms and conditions in halal products, such as, the countries in Middle East and some countries in Southeast Asia.

Besides, halal certification would escalate the consumers’ trust on palm oil both in this country and others. This would be positive to escalate palm oil exports and reinforce Indonesia as the biggest palm oil producer in the word. (T2)


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