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A/H1N1 Issue Hinders Exports of Poultry Products

by 5m Editor
22 June 2010, at 11:07a.m.

INDONESIA - Export of Indonesia's poultry processed products to European countries is hindered by A/H1N1 virus issue, an official said here on Monday.

Don P. Utoyo, coordinator of Indonesian Poultry Society Forum, told reporters that lobby of government-to-government (G-to-G) is required as Indonesian poultry processed products are safe to be consumed as they are "well-cooked".

"I am sure the G-to-G mechanism will succeed to pass through the blockade," Mr Utoyo said.

Indonesian poultry producers are focusing to export their products to the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Pacific countries as well as the United States, he said.

He said that Indonesia could imitate Malaysia that is successful in making a specific system so that the country could declare itself as free of the virus.

According to Mr Utoyo, ASEAN countries have similar food taste and Indonesia should take advantage of its flavor that is better compared to other countries.

He said that cooperation between all stakeholders consisting on government, researcher, business sector, the press and public is very important to encourage the sector to export its products.

Desyanto Budi Utomo, chairman of Indonesian Poultry Society, said that foreign countries should not be doubt of safety on Indonesian poultry processed food.

However, currently only West Kalimantan province that is declared to be free from the virus, he said. "We have to seize the opportunity by developing poultry industry in the province and exporting the products," he said.