AmCham’s Food and Agriculture Committee held a virtual meeting this morning, Feb 2, to continue previous discussions on halal provisions and plastic waste regulations.
With the release of draft regulations on halal provisions on Jan 10, members discussed technical details, such as alcohol content in products and whether vegan products would need halal certification. Members also shared their experiences with the trial period for the new halal registration web portal.
Members responded to a letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) on how they should comply with Ministerial Regulation 75/2019, which requires companies to make a roadmap to reduce their plastic usage. Fast-moving consumer goods companies in particular raised concerns regarding limitations on some packaging sizes. Overall, members agreed that industries and associations would need to take further steps to get more clarity on the actions expected to be taken.
The meeting also discussed the proposed excise duty for sugar-sweetened beverages. Members felt the timing of the duty is not right, as the food and beverage industry is still struggling due to the pandemic. AmCham will continue to monitor this issue closely and respond with advocacy initiatives.
At the end of the meeting, members agreed on advocacy priorities for 2021. The committee looks forward to more engagement between fellow members and other stakeholders. 2021 is a challenging time, but also an opportunity for growth.