Monday, 31 August 2009

New halal bill draws ire from industries

Three key industries – food and beverages, cosmetics and pharmacy – are bracing for hefty additional costs and to risk losing trillions of rupiahs in margins if the nation presses ahead with new halal certification procedures unde a new bill. Under the new halal certification bill, halal certificates and labels will be compulsory for these three sectors, not only for all ingredients but also for all equipment used during the production process, meaning new costs. The Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (Gapmmi) argues although certification and labeling fees were on Rp 1 million for SMEs and Rp 2 million for big firms, the bill will have a long-run impact
Source: The Jakarta Post, p.13, 26 Aug. 09

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