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Halal costs threaten beef exports to Indonesia.

Meat processors say a large increase in the cost of certifying meat as halal will jeopardise meat exports to Indonesia.

Indonesia's authority MUI has delisted several Australian halal certifying bodies this year leaving Queensland with just one halal certifying body.

Sources have told the ABC that those charges are said to be 300 per cent higher than other companies.

A man in hard-hat and labcoat examines meat at King Island Abattoir height=227 Photo: Halal certification cost dispute threatens Australian exports to Indonesia (Landline: Chris Clark - file image)    

The Australian Meat Industry Council has confirmed it is working to resolve the problem, with the Australian and Indonesian Governments.

Trader with Sanger Meat Exports, Campbell Basnett, says the cost increase of halal certifiers is upsetting processors who are rejecting the higher charge.

"It's come at a bad time, you know, the industry is ready to go forward and put a lot more meat into the Indonesian market, and it's no good having these hurdles to jump through when processors still today aren't geared up to send meat into Indonesia."

Sanger Exports is not affected, as its orders are for more expensive meat, to be flown to restaurants and hotels in time for Ramadan next month.  ABC Rural  By  Sarina Locke

25.6.2013
 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-25/halal-certification-problems/4777794