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1. Question: Are there food products that are not required to be registered in the POM?


Article 44 of Government Regulation no. 28 of 2004 and Article 3 of Decree Head of POM.HK.00/05.1.2569 2004 on Criteria and Procedures for Assessment charactristic food products, determined that Processed food are exempt from the obligation to have a leter of approval, namely registration of food:

a.  Has a shelf life of less than 7 (seven) days at room temperature, and / or

b. Imported into Indonesia in small quantities for the purpose of:

    1. Application for registration

    2. Research, or

    3. Consumption

c. Processed food produced by domestic industries that have been following the guidance.

2. Question: Any food product that cannot be registered in the POM?


As per circular letter No. Deputy III. P0. dated February 8, 2008 on the registration of food products Agriculture and Livestock stated for food products cannot be registered in the POM but the authoity of the relevant departments as follows:

1.  Rice without claim

2. Egg fresh / salted

3. Fresh vegetables / frozen

4. Fresh potatoes / frozen

5. Cereals

6. Fresh fruits

7. Fresh meat / frozen

8. Fresh chicken / frozen


3. Question: Any food product that SNI has enforced compulsory?


There are 5 (five) food products SNI compusorily applied, namely:

1.  Bottled water (Decree Ministry of Industry and Trade No. 120/M/SK/10/1990 SNI Compulsory on the Application of Bottled Drinking Water (SNI 01-3553-1994);

2. Ionized salt (Decree Ministry of Industry and Trade No. 29/M/SK/2/1995 SNI Compulsory for Iodized Salt for consumption, SNI 01-3556-2000);

3. Wheat Flour (Decree Ministry of Industry and Trade No. 153/MPP/Kep/5/2001 on the SNI Compulsory of Wheat Flour as Food Ingredients, (SNI 01.3751-2000/Rev. 1995 and revision));

4. Choolate powder;

5. Refined sugar

4. Question: What should be the description written on food labels?


According to Article 3 of Government Regulation No. 69 Year 1999 on Food Label and Advertisement, the information must be included on the food label at least:

1.  Name of the product

2. List of materials used

3. Net weight or net contents

4. Name and address of producer or importer of food into Indonesia territory

5. Date, month and year of exipiration

6. The refrigeration number (MD, ML or P-IRT)

7. Code and date of production

5. Question: How are the inclusion criteria for the labels on food packaging?


According to Article 2 of Government Regulation no. 69 of 1999 on Food Label and Advertisement, determined that labeling is done in such a way that:

1. Not easily separated from the packaging

2. Not easily washed or damaged

3. Located on the packaging easy to see and read

4. The information be included must be truthful and not misleading

6. Question: Any harmful chemicals baned in food products?


Substances banned as a food additive set in Minister of Health Regulation No. 722/MENKES/Per/IX/1998 on Food Additives, as amended by Regulation of the Minister of Health No. 1168/MENKES/PER/X/1999, it was determined that the prohibited substance used as a food additive are as follows::

1. Boric Acid and its compounds

2. Salicylates acid and its salts

3. Diethylpirocarbonate

4. Dulcin

5. Potassium Chlorates

6. Chloramphenicol

7. Brominated vegetables oils

8. Nitrofurazon

9. Formalin (Formaldehyde)

10. Potassium Bromate

6. Question: Where can i find information on Indonesia investment laws and regulation?


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