July 9, 2008


Indonesia bans New Zealand beef imports on labelling issues

Indonesia has temporarily banned beef imports from New Zealand due to halal certification issues, according to a senior agriculture ministry official on Tuesday (July 8, 2008).


New Zealand's beef products used only stickers for halal labels when it should be printed on the package, said Tjeppy D. Soedjana, director-general of livestock production at the Agriculture Ministry.


The ban, which came into effect on Monday (July 7, 2008), will remain until suppliers follow labelling requirements to ensure it meets halal standard, Soedjana said.


Soedjana said New Zealand beef products imported before Monday (July 7, 2008) can still enter the country.


Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, requires imported beef products to pass Islamic halal standards for food consumption. Under the halal certification rules for imported beef products, suppliers must print halal labels in both English and Indonesian languages.


Indonesia consumed a total of 396,500 tonnes of beef last year, with 30 percent of that from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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