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Indonesia’s Organic Certification System Leaves Something To Be Desired

November 1, 2010: 07:33 AM EST

Indonesian shoppers are caught up in the trend toward healthier diets, and that often means switching to organic foods. But the search for certified organic products can be confusing because the country’s certification system is not airtight, and is therefore not particularly reliable. One organic food expert in Indonesia says the problem is due to the fact that the government doesn’t require food suppliers to have their products certified organic. The certification process began as voluntary, permitting suppliers to make whatever organic claims they wanted. However,  the government later introduced a system that involved seven official certifying bodies. Farmers, traders and suppliers submit products to these certification authorities. It’s a process that’s too expensive for small farmers, however, and lends itself to corruption.

Ika Krismantari, "Organic tag confuses buyers, sellers", The Jakarta Post, November 01, 2010, © PT Bina Media Tenggara
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