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Halal Bill Sparks Debate In Indonesia

News From : DagangHalal.com (09 Sep 2009)

JAKARTA: Muslim legislators in Indonesia are pushing for the quick approval of a controversial Bill that will require halal labelling of a wide range of products possibly as early as next week, despite concerns raised that it smacks of ‘Islamising’ the state.

Items for which such labelling would be required by law range from food and beverages to cosmetics, medicine, and genetically-altered products.

Muslim members of Parliament who support the legislation argue that it is necessary to protect the faithful. But their Christian and secular-minded colleagues have opposed the move.

By Salim Osman
Source: Asiaone news

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