UPI in English  |   UPI Arabic  |   UPI en Español  |   UPIU

Vaccine maker slams Indonesia halal bill

Published By United Press International
KOTA, Indonesia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Requiring that medication made in Indonesia comply with Muslim dietary law will kill the pharmaceutical industry, the head of a state-owned company said Friday.

Iskandar, president of Bio Farma, which produces vaccines, said the measure, currently being considered by the legislature, will cost vaccine manufacturers $156 million, the Jakarta Globe reported.

He said the country has to import all meningitis vaccines because they are derived from a pork product.

The proposed law would require food, cosmetics and medicine produced in Indonesia to be certified by the Indonesia Council of Ulemas as halal -- in compliance with Muslim law. Those ban certain products, including pork and blood, and require meat to be slaughtered appropriately.

Iskandar, who was attending the Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers Network in Kuta, Bali, urged pharmaceutical firms to seek exemptions from the law.

"We will die if this regulation comes into force," Iskandar said. "This will destroy the pharmaceutical industry."
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.

Photo Gallery
1 of 1
Tour de France concludes in Paris
Race winner Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain (C) stands between second place finisher Christopher Froome of Great Britain (L) and third place finisher Vincenzo Nibali of Italy on the presentation podium following the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on July 22, 2012. Wiggins of Great Britain became that country's first ever overall winner of the Tour de France. UPI/David Silpa