Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH) of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry revoked the halal certificate for fruit juice products, with the brand name "Nabidz," as the brand violated its halal certification process.

According to Head of BPJPH Aqil Irham, the investigation revealed that the business actor and the Halal Product Process (PPH) assistants deliberately manipulated the data on Nabidz halal certification applications.

"For the violation committed by a business actor, with the initials BY, BPJPH has imposed sanctions in the form of revoking the halal certificate number ID311100037606120523 for Grape Juice products as of August 15, 2023," he noted in his statement on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, for violations committed by the PPH Assistant, with the initials AS, the BPJPH has imposed sanctions by revoking the Registration Number of the PPH Assistant for data manipulation, Irham remarked.

The Nabidz brand was earlier registered as fruit juice products. However, later, the owner uploaded a photo of information that they were producing halal-certified wine.

Irham said his side had deployed a monitoring team after receiving complaints and viral news in the community regarding claims about Nabidz halal wine. He emphasized that products with the Nabidz trademark that are certified by BPJPH are juice or fruit juice products.

He stated that fruit juice is a type of product that can be certified through a self-declaration mechanism, or a business actor's statement, and included as a non-risk product.

"However, based on the results of the investigation, the verification process through this assistance was not carried out by AS, as PPH Assistant," he explained.

In fact, Irham remarked that AS was aware that the production process of Nabidz fruit juice is included with a fermentation process. Supposedly, if a PPH assistant acknowledges this process, the assistant can stop the process and advise business actors to register for regular halal certification.

"If it requires a fermentation process, then it has a chemical process in the production. It requires a laboratory test that must be carried out by the Halal Examination Agency (LPH)," Irham revealed.

Meanwhile, he noted that the business owner, with the initials BY, was committing a violation in the form of placing a halal label on a different product on the halal certificate. The halal label for grape juice products is intentionally placed on Nabidz wine products.

"If he still wants to sell his product, then in accordance with the provisions, he must include non-halal information on his product and inform about the alcohol percentage of the product," he explained.

Speaking in connection with this incident, Irham reminded all related parties to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

He emphasized that halal certification is not just a mechanism for fulfilling administrative obligations but also a form of commitment to regulations that must be obeyed.

"Halal certificates are not just an administrative status but a standard that must be applied continuously to maintain the halal status in the product," he emphasized.

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Translator: Asep Firmansyah, Resinta S
Editor: Sri Haryati
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