Indonesia’s beef with Aussie and Kiwi beef has come to an end. Indonesia has released more than 100 containers of Australian and New Zealand beef held at a Jakarta port for nearly three weeks amid concerns it did not meet Islamic halal standards.
Quarantine authorities impounded the meat after Indonesia’s top Muslim body, the Islamic Ulema Council (MUI), sent them a letter saying the beef did not meet its new halal standards.
But it has since become clear that the MUI’s letter was just a warning that new halal standards would come into force in October.
The agriculture department has now instructed officials to release the containers and to let future Australian and New Zealand beef imports into the country without fuss.
Indonesia requires all beef imports to be halal – taken from cattle slaughtered in a manner deemed suitable for consumption by Muslims.