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Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns


Top left: A shopkeeper arranges medicines to sell at a wholesale market in Jakarta. Centre: Vendors prepare medicines to sell at a wholesale market in Jakarta. Right: A shopkeeper prepares medicines to sell at a wholesale market in Jakarta. Bottom Left: A worker prepares medicines to sell inside a storeroom at a wholesale market in Jakarta. CENTRE: Vendors stand as they wait for customers inside a stall at a wholesale market for medicines in Jakarta, Indonesia. Right: A shopkeeper arranges snacks to sell at a mini market in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 15, 2019. - REUTERS

Top left: A shopkeeper arranges medicines to sell at a wholesale market in Jakarta. Centre: Vendors prepare medicines to sell at a wholesale market in Jakarta. Right: A shopkeeper prepares medicines to sell at a wholesale market in Jakarta. Bottom Left: A worker prepares medicines to sell inside a storeroom at a wholesale market in Jakarta. CENTRE: Vendors stand as they wait for customers inside a stall at a wholesale market for medicines in Jakarta, Indonesia. Right: A shopkeeper arranges snacks to sell at a mini market in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 15, 2019. - REUTERS

JAKARTA: Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products.

In 2014, the world's biggest Muslim-majority country adopted a measure for labels certifying whether products are halal, or suitable for consumption in line with Islamic laws. If not labeled, they would face sale bans.

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