Wednesday, June 13, 2012

UAE rejects LPPOM MUI Indonesia Halal Label

The bad news again hit the Indonesian food export business. Since June 1, 2012, the United Arab Emirates stated that it did not recognize the halal label issued Institute for Food and Cosmetic Medicine Studies (LPPOM) MUI.

Practically, food exports to one of the largest Muslim countries' markets have stagnated. The news that the Indonesian halal food label was not recognized after a food exporter from Jakarta reported a case of rejection of merchandise at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Chairman of the Kadin Standing Committee on Food, Beverage and Tobacco, Thomas, explained the case to the Kadin discussion on the evaluation of Indonesia's export performance on Friday (8/7) Thomas himself said he was surprised by the news. Because, so far the UAE government has not questioned the issue of halal labels.

Kadin has continued these findings with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has written to the UAE authorities to question the reasons, but has not received a reply," he explained.

Based on information obtained by Thomas from the relevant exporters, foodstuffs from Indonesia were rejected because the supervisor of the UAE food did not know the MUI. The lobbying efforts carried out by the MUI against UAE authorities also failed because the agency did not represent the Indonesian government.

The UAE Ministry of Trade's policy, as the authority that issues regulations, is considered to endanger Indonesian exports to other Muslim countries.
"I am afraid the policy is contagious. After the UAE does not recognize other halal labels also apply," said Thomas.

Thomas's concern was reasonable. Because the total Indonesian food exports to Muslim countries is the fifth largest. Thomas added, for the UAE itself the export value of foodstuffs reached 80-100 billion UAE dollars per year.

MuslimDaily/The Truth Seeker Media

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