Indonesia imposes more food origin requirements
BY MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO
The Manila Times
AS Indonesia increases traceability of fresh food of plant origin (FFPO) exported to its territory, Filipino exporters are recommended to work closely with their importers to guarantee compliance with the new requirement. The Indonesia Agricultural Quarantine Agency announced further FFPO requirements under its prior notice system, which went into effect on May 10 this year, the Department of Trade and IndustryExport Marketing Bureau (DTIEMB) underscored in a statement. These, it added, are intended to strengthen food safety traceability following the installation of FFPO under Law 21 of 2019 on animal, fish and plant quarantine. Description of the importer; reference number, date and place of issue of phytosanitary certificate; name of registered food safety testing laboratory; and reference number of certificate of analysis or health certificate are among the additional data and or information in the format of prior notice, DTI-EMB continued. These criteria previously were not mandatory. “The exporter or its representative in the origin country must issue the prior notice electronically [online] before the shipment arrives in Indonesia, at the latest, through its prior notice system,” the agency noted. It said this regulation creates two sets of procedures for FFPO imports as follows: products imported from FFPO recognized countries must submit “prior notice,” and products from unrecognized countries must provide prior notice and a certificate of analysis from a recognized laboratory and/ or food safety certificate.