[unpad.ac.id, 15/05/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran and the Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (BPJPH) of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag RI) will collaborate on guaranteeing halal products and institutional development.
The collaboration was realized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding conducted by the Vice Rector for Research, Community Engagement, Cooperation, Innovation, and Business Dr. Keri Lestari, S.Si., M.Si., Apt. and the Head of the Halal Cooperation and Standardization Center of the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs Dr. Nifasri M.Pd., at Bale Sawala, Unpad Rectorate Building, Jatinangor campus on Wednesday (15/5).
“We hope that this partnership agreement can soon be the basis for us to carry out real cooperation activities between Universitas Padjadjaran and BPJPH,” hoped Dr. Keri.
On this occasion, Dr. Nifasri said that his side is cooperating with several well-known universities in Indonesia, including Unpad, to conduct studies related to halal products in Indonesia. In addition to conducting research, cooperation is also expected to be carried out through the development of halal examination agencies, improving HR competencies, providing halal products, halal auditors, and so on.
“So, there are many things that we can work on together. We from BPJPH of the Ministry of Religious Affairs are very proud to be able to work with well-known universities,” he said.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was carried out at the beginning of the public lecture titled “The Role of Institutes of Higher Education in the Implementation of Law Number 33 of 2014 on Halal Product Assurance”. The public lecture was delivered by Dr. Nifasri and moderated by Robi Andoyo, PhD, a lecturer at the Unpad Faculty of Agricultural Industrial Technology.
Dr. Nifasri said that with the approval of Law Number 33 in 2014, halal certification in Indonesia has become mandatory. The law is present to protect the public from non-halal products. In several countries, halal has become a necessity.
“This Law is here to protect the public,” he said. *
Report by Artanti Hendriyana / am
Translation by Shabrina Maharani
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