Indonesia is getting ready to introduce a stricter anti-bribery management system ISO 37001 to streamline halal processes. Its once all-powerful halal certifier LPPOM-MUI has been repeatedly criticized for its dubious practices for issuing halal certificates to food companies in the country. The situation may change after the anti-bribery management system for the halal processes is fully operational.
Up until 2019, LPPOM-MUI of Indonesia was the sole halal certification body to manage all halal certificates it used to issue to the halal food manufacturers which wanted to export to the lucrative Indonesian market. But, recently, Indonesia has streamlined the halal certification system by strengthening its halal management system.
This problem has been rampant all over the world. The Halal Times had shared a similar story recently about the dubious halal practices of some halal certification bodies in Australia.
Under the new halal certification systems in Indonesia, BPJPH. plans to train its halal auditors to take a more active role in issuing halal certificates.