Press Reports indicate that Indonesiaâs Minister of Trade is concerned about formaldehyde laden fresh fruit entering Indonesia
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GAIN Report Number: ID1207
Imported Fresh Fruit with Formaldehyde
Agriculture in the News
Fahwani Y.R. and Jonn Slette
Press Reports indicate that Indonesia?s Minister of Trade is concerned about formaldehyde laden fresh fruit
On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Detik On-line News, a widely read, Indonesian online news outlet, reported that
Minister of Trade Gita Wiryawan is concerned that imported fresh fruit is laden with formaldehyde and is
entering Indonesian markets.
According to the article, Minister Wiryawan notes that the Government of Indonesia (GOI) is very serious about
limiting the entry of imported fresh fruits and vegetables. He is noted as saying that the GOI has found 19
incidences of pathogen contamination over the past 18 months. (Note: It is not known if the GOI has publically
issued a list of the pathogen contaminations.) The article also quotes the Minister of Trade as stating that
Indonesians do not want to eat fresh fruit or vegetables which contain excessive levels of pesticides and are
polished with formaldehyde or formalin.
According to the article, the GOI delayed the implementation of closing Tanjung Priok to horticulture from
March 19, 2012 to June 19, 2012 because the GOI understands that the private sector needs time to make
necessary changes in advance of full implementation. The article also notes that the new Ministry of Agriculture
Regulations Nos. 15 and 16/2012 will replace the regulation No. 89 and 90/2012. Regulations 15 and 16 will
provide for the three month extension, although the new regulations will reportedly continue to limit the sea
ports of Belawan, Surabaya, Makassar and airport Soekarno-Hatta as the only ports of entry authorized for
imported fruit and vegetables.
As of March 29, FAS Jakarta has not seen Regulations 15/16 and it is not known if these have been issued.