Tue, 07 Aug 2007
This is just getting bizarre. This will achieve nothing positive for the Chinese or the Indonesians and will only serve to create more problems and suspicion. At what point does someone like SBY just say to the ministers and the VP to sit down and shut up?

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Indonesia bans more Chinese imports

JAKARTA (JP):Following last month's ban on Chinese-imported candies found to be contaminated with formaldehyde, Indonesia announced Monday a new list of banned imports from China.

Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the bans were not in retaliation for the Chinese government's decision last week to temporarily ban the import of seafood from Indonesia.

"What we have been doing is merely routine scrutiny, conducted by all related departments with the main objective of securing food safety and controlling the distribution of illegally imported products," Mari said.

The new ban list, issued by the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) on Aug. 1 and announced publicly Monday, included 26 cosmetics products imported from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

The products were banned after being found to containhazardous substances such as mercury, retinoic acid, hydroquinone and diethyl glycol. Only two of the cosmetic products were officially registered for import.

The BPOM also announced it was banning 42 more brands of Chinese-imported candy found to contain formaldehyde.

Mari said the bans were not intended at directlydiscriminating against China but were aimed squarely atprotecting consumers.



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