Halal-SDGs Foodtech Future – The market for Halal food products in the world is growing rapidly. Its consumers are not only Muslim consumers, but non-Muslim consumers have begun to look for products with the halal label. The World Halal Forum estimates that the global halal product market has now reached 2.3 trillion USD – not including banks. Of which 67% came from food products, 22% came from pharmaceutical products, and the rest came from cosmetics and personal care. It is estimated that this number will increase in the next few years. Considering the importance of the halal market, Indonesia is determined to become a world halal center. In fact, currently the Halal Product Guarantee Law is now in force. Thus Kavadya Syska, Coordinator of the Food Technology Study Program, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Nahdlatul Ulama Purwokerto said.
Ingridient industry as the main supporter of the food industry, plays an important role in ensuring the halal status of a food product. Therefore, the complete halal certification is an absolute requirement to know the halal status of an ingrident. Thus added by Kavadya Syska who is also the inisiator of the Halal Food Center, University of Nahdlatul Ulama Purwokerto.
Some of the world’s leading producers of Vitamins, Carotenoids, Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Nutraceuticals and Ingredients, are starting to pay attention to the halalness of their products. To support its customers in obtaining halal certification, these companies are seriously trying to obtain Halal Certificates, even for products manufactured in Europe and the USA. These companies are very aware of the importance of halal certification for the development of functional ingredient business.
Moreover, along with the high innovation carried out, more and more technology and products are produced. One innovation that is currently becoming a trend in the food industry is the use of premix ingredient, specifically the use of vitamins and minerals. Where in the premix there is more than one type of ingridien. To show its halal status, usually ingridien producers show one by one Halal Certificate from Premix produced by producers. Thus, it takes a long time and administration to obtain a Halal Certificate from an authorized institution.
Because all systems, materials, and equipment used in the factory have been audited. Halal is one of the commitments given by the leading functional ingredient companies to help their customers meet market demands. This commitment has been proven by the existence of halal certification by the competent authority.
Sources: interviews and references analysis
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