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Subject: BEKASI GOVT DESTROYS 120 TONS ILLEGALLY IMPORTED BEEF FROM USA (BSE and FMD fear illegal imports meat rampant)
Date: August 19, 2004 at 1:54 pm PST

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Subject: BEKASI GOVT DESTROYS 120 TONS ILLEGALLY IMPORTED BEEF FROM USA (BSE and FMD fear illegal imports meat rampant)
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 15:59:29 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Govt destroys 120 tons of beef
Monday, July 26, 2004

BEKASI: Customs authorities burned 120 tons of decaying beef illegally
imported from the U.S. on Friday evening, but no stern measures have
been taken against the importers.

The incineration took place at the Husbandry Quarantine Center in Rawa
Benteng, Bekasi.

"The five containers of beef worth Rp 1.2 billion (US$134,831) were
imported by two companies," said Soedirman A Ghani, acting head of the
customs office at Tanjung Priok Port I.

Aside from implementing the government ban on imports of ruminant
animals as well as their derivatives from the U.S. due to mad-cow scare,
the decision to destroy the U.S. beef was made because the meat had
begun to rot, he said.--JP

YLKI warns of contaminated meat
Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Dewi Santoso, Jakarta

The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) has warned the public of the
possibility of foot and mouth disease (FMD) as well as mad-cow disease
outbreak as illegal importation of meat products remains rampant.

YLKI chairwoman Indah Sukmaningsih said a recent YLKI survey carried out
in several traditional markets, including Ciledug market and Jombang
market, both in the Banten municipality of Tangerang, discovered there
were illegally imported meat products sold at low prices.

"One of the indicators that the meat products were imported illegally
was their low price at around Rp 21,000 (US$2.33) per kilogram (kg), far
below the market price of between Rp 36,000 and Rp 38,000 per kg for
local meat products," said Indah.

The normal price for imported meat products is far above Rp 38,000 per kg.

Another indicator was the fake packaging on those products.

"It is written on the products' cartons that they were imported from a
meat producer in New Zealand. Yet, when we cross-checked with the New
Zealand Embassy here, they said they didn't recognize the producer,"
Indah said.

FMD, a severe, highly communicable viral disease of cattle and swine,
can also affect sheep, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved ruminants.

Mad-cow disease, also known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalophathy (BSE),
can spread in a form of already infected beef or cattle. It is fatal and
is thus far not curable.

The latest BSE scare hit the country last November.

Indah suspected the illegal meat products came from India, Brazil and
Argentina, but could not provide solid proof.

The Ministry of Agriculture last year issued the decree No.
150/TN.530/A/VI/2003 that bans importation of meat products from
countries with FMD, including India, Brazil and Argentina.

"To date, the decree hasn't been revoked. Therefore, any import of meat
products from the three countries is considered illegal," said Indah.

She suspected that illegal meat products were smuggled into Indonesia
using false documents, which fooled the customs and excise officers or
fake repackaging as if they came New Zealand or Australia, countries
exempted by the ministerial decree.

"I urge the government to take action to stop the rampant illegal
importation," she said.

She suggested that the Ministry of Agriculture cooperate with the
Ministry of Industry and Trade and the customs and excise office to curb
all smuggling.

Indonesian Cattle and Buffalo Farmer Association chairman Rochadi Tawaf
agreed with Indah, saying it was high time for the government to take
action as the volume of illegally imported meat products had increased
to an alarming level.

Rochadi, however, could not provide the exact figures of the volume of
illegally imported meat products.

He quoted the Directorate General of Animal Husbandry, which said
hundreds of tons of meat products on the market were illegally imported.

YLKI survey also found meat products imported from the United States
were sold at some supermarkets despite the government ban. The
foundation refused to identify the supermarkets.

"It only shows that the government does not supervise the implementation
of the regulation." said Indah.


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