Mon, 04 Oct 2010

Manufacturer associations have expressed readiness for implementation of a trade minister regulation on mandatory Indonesian language labeling for non-food and medicine products, which came into effect on Oct. 1.

Electronic Producers Association (Gabel) deputy secretary-general Yeane Keet told The Jakarta Post that all members of the association hailed the regulation, saying it would benefit producers, importers and consumers.

“The regulation will minimize the spread of illegal products. The label will also provide sufficient information particularly to consumers who don't speak English,” she said on Saturday.

Yeane emphasized that the label would help consumer check the quality and the safety of products. However, she suggested that the government supervise the implementation of the regulation to ensure it was heeded.

A deputy chairman of the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo), Jongkie D. Sugiarto, said that the members of his associations found no problems with the implementation of the regulation.

“For automobile component products, we are ready to stick Indonesian language labels anytime. What matters us is products that have already circulated in the market,” he told the Post over the phone.

He said the association had shared this problem with the trade ministry, but no solution was found yet.

The mandatory Indonesian language labeling for non-food and medicine products aims to protect the right of consumers in obtaining clear and understandable information on the ingredients and the conditions of the products. (rdf)