Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tempeh standard to be set

An intergovernmental body setting international standards on foods has appointed Indonesia to draft international standards on one of of the country's most loved foods — tempeh.

The head of Indonesia’s National Standardization Body (BSN), Bambang Setiadi, speaking in Jakarta on Thursday, said the appointment by the Rome-based Codex Alimentarius Commission meant that Indonesia’s tempeh (soybean cake) would set the standard for tempeh industries around the world.

It was also the international community’s recognition of the country’s tempeh industry, he said.

“Tempeh originated from Indonesia, thus it’s only logical that Indonesia continues to support efforts to draft international standards on tempeh,” Bambang said in a news statement.

He said the BSN had started preparing for the requested standards, adding that he was optimistic with the successful completion of the work given Indonesia’s previous experience with instant noodle standardization.

Tempeh is one of the most consumed food products in Indonesia. There are more than 32,000 tempeh businesses in Indonesia, the vast majority of which are small-scale and home-based, employing in excess of 83,000 people.

The Rome-based CAC was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization.

It develops and maintains the Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “Book of Food”), a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety.

The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.

Source: Jakarta Post

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