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Indonesia Demands Halal Cert On NZ’s Meat Products

News From : DagangHalal.com (26 Jun 2009)

JAKARTA, June 25 (Bernama) — Indonesia has asked New Zealand to certify its meat products exported to Indonesia with Halal certification, meaning it had been slaughtered in line with Islamic practice, China’s Xinhua news agency reported quoting Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Hasan Wirayuda as saying here on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of his meeting with visiting New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Hasan disclosed that he had conveyed to his NZ counterpart the Halal certification demand on New Zealand’s meat products exported to Indonesia during the meeting.

“Foreign Minister McCully asked for more time to comply with the Halal certification demand on meat products imported from New Zealand,” Wirayuda told reporters here.

Wirayuda said that the demand was initially submitted by MUI ( Indonesian Muslim cleric council), and had been conveyed by Indonesian foreign affairs ministry to Australia and New Zealand governments earlier.

Citing MUI’s demand, Wirayuda said that the government-sanctioned Muslim cleric council asked Halal certification must be fulfilled no later than October this year.

MUI’s Halal certification demand is aimed at assuring that meats imported from New Zealand are allowed to be consumed by Muslims in Indonesia.

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, with 80 percent of its more than 230 million population being Muslims.

Wirayuda said that details on the Halal certification on New Zealand’s meat products exported to Indonesia would be discussed by his New Zealand counterpart with Indonesian Trade Minister Mari Pengestu during McCully’s visit to Jakarta ended on June 26.

According to Wirayuda, the trading value between Indonesia and New Zealand had been increasing from US$860 million in 2007 to US$1.25 billion in 2008.

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