Friday, 11 September 2009

Indonesia's Halal Law Will Face Challenge By Business

If enacted, the proposed law on halal labeling will face legal challenges from business groups over its constitutionality. The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) said it would challenge the proposed law, which would tighten halal labeling requirements on local products, on the grounds that it would unfairly burden millions of small businesses. The bill, sponsored by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, is expected to be passed by lawmakers on Sept. 15 and states that all packaged foodstuffs, beverages, medicines and cosmetics produced and sold in Indonesia must be certified as halal or not halal.
Source: PA Asia, The Jakarta Globe website, September 08, 2009

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