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Food group nixes halal certification rules

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 20 2012   /  09:54 am

Local food producers say that the controversial halal certification bill slated to become law in October must be amended to make halal certification of their products optional, not mandatory, as planned.

Yusuf Hadi, the deputy chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (Gapmmi), said on Wednesday that lawmakers in the House of Representatives should not force local businesses to get
halal certificates.

“We have set up a team to keep an eye on the progress of the bill and we remain firm in saying that the new law should not be mandatory for local firms,” Yusuf said.

“There are still a group of non-Muslims in the country who account for 10 percent of the total population of 240 million people. We ought to not forget their needs,” Yusuf added.

While acknowledging that most Indonesian consumers currently favored products with halal label...