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Indonesia Re-Opens To All U.S. Beef Products

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service has revised its Export Library for U.S. beef export requirements to Indonesia following an agreement by the USDA and Indonesian authorities to allow access for all U.S. beef and beef products. Under the new import conditions, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture's Directorate General of Livestock Services (DGLS) recognizes the safety of the U.S. beef food safety regulatory system, and all beef products except for USDA-defined specified risk materials (SRMs), are now eligible for export to Indonesia.

Exporters must obtain a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter from a member of a North American Islamic Center or an Islamic organization that is approved by the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI). The MUI has approved four U.S. establishments and one Halal-approval authority for handling beef for export to Indonesia based on a privately arranged inspection tour conducted early last November. U.S. establishments and Halal authorities must be inspected and approved by MUI to gain approval for accrediting and exporting beef to Indonesia, but no dates for any upcoming inspections have been specified.

Like other Asian markets, Indonesia closed to U.S. beef imports shortly after the first U.S. BSE finding in late 2003. Indonesia re-opened to U.S. boneless beef and several offal products derived from cattle under 30 months of age in August of 2004, but closed the market again in June 2005 after the second U.S. BSE case.  Indonesia imported just over 350 metric tons of U.S. beef cuts in both 2004 and 2005 but 10,390 metric tons and 13,949 metric tons of U.S. beef variety meat in the same years, respectively. In 2005, Indonesia imported $17 million in beef and beef products, but nothing in 2006 and 2007. Indonesia should be a strong market for beef hearts, which are processed into meat balls called Bakso, a popular dish commonly consumed with noodles. Other in-demand offal items include livers, tails, tongues and feet.

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