Prof Khaswar Syamsu: HSC IPB University is Ready to Support Indonesia to Become a World Halal Center

Professor Khaswar Syamsu, Head of the Halal Science Center of IPB University, said that currently, the trend of halal tourism is starting to become global. This triggers an increase in market demand for halal products.

"Seeing this opportunity, Indonesia can become the largest producer and exporter of halal products in the world, because our country has a Muslim population of 87.2 percent of the total 273 million population," said Prof Khaswar Syamsu in a national webinar on Halal Industry Research and Innovation held by the National Committee on Islamic Economy and Finance (KNEKS), 21/9.

According to him, Indonesia already has halal standards and a halal assurance system that is a reference or benchmark for world halal certification bodies. Not only that, Indonesia also has a legal umbrella for the implementation of halal certification obligations for food products, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, and used goods circulating and marketed in Indonesia.

"In addition, there has been good cooperation between scholars who understand the naqli argument or qauliyah verse and scientists who understand the aqli argument or the kauniyah verse in deciding halal and haram fatwas, as well as a large number of auditors with qualified qualifications that can be a supporting factor," said Prof. Khaswar.

The IPB University bioprocess engineering expert said that the presence of the Halal Science Center (HSC) of IPB University could be a supplier of auditors for the Halal Examination Institute. Thus, the presence of IPB University's HSC can support the continuity of the mandatory halal certification program as mandated by the Law on Halal Product Assurance. "HSC IPB University also supports various researches in order to support the halal ecosystem," he said.

Prof. Khaswar also explained four strategic steps so that Indonesia can dominate the world halal product market. The strategic steps in question include building halal areas that are integrated with halal logistics facilities.

"We also need to build a halal information system, including accelerating the process of completing the halal certificate," said Prof Khaswar.

He also mentioned that it was necessary to increase the contribution of producers of halal products, both micro, medium and large scale to the export of halal products throughout the world. Not only that, Indonesia also needs to develop halal scientific research, halal product innovation, and increase the substitution of non-halal materials sourced locally.

Regarding the contribution of HSC IPB University to the archipelago, Prof. Khaswar explained, HSC IPB University has been actively conducting research and development related to the authentication of materials, technology and innovation of halal products, as well as the halal assurance system.

He also said that HSC IPB University helped develop human resources, equipment, infrastructure, information systems, research, and methods as solutions to deal with the complexity of the halal system.

"We are trying to strengthen the ecosystem of the halal assurance system in Indonesia and build a network of scientists at the national and international levels related to the halal system," said Prof. Khaswar.

Prof. Khaswar admitted, HSC IPB University has collaborated with the Institute for the Study of Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics the Indonesian Ulema Council (LPPOM MUI) and the Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH).

With complete laboratory facilities, a lot of research has been and is being carried out by HSC IPB University. These researches include the development of a biomarker database for non-halal products based on volatilomic (volatile compounds), the development of a digital image-based (photo/camera) authentication method for halal meat, the development of non-halal pork/beef gelatin substituted materials, the modernization of halal slaughterhouses, and the development of non-halal pork/beef gelatin substitutes. halal logistics system with block chains technology.

In addition, HSC IPB University in collaboration with Agro-Maritime Logistics held a Masters Study Program (S2) Specifically for Halal Industrial Logistics. HSC IPB University in collaboration with the Graduate School of IPB University also held an affiliated research student program. Currently, there are 23 students from various faculties and strata who are registered to conduct research at HSC IPB University with the topic of halal and toyib research.

HSC IPB University also holds the 2021 Halal Thesis Prize program. This agenda is an award for student research results related to halal, and a certified internship program. (NIRS) (IAAS/SYA)

Published Date : 24-Sep-2021

Resource Person : Prof Khaswar Syamsu

Keyword : halal products, halal certification, halal quality assurance, halal tourism