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RI takes blow from US over food trade, biodiesel:

The United States on Thursday claimed victory in a long-running trade dispute with Indonesia over import restrictions on meat, fruits and vegetables. The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that Indonesias limits on imports of horticultural and animal goods from the United States and New Zealand violate the bodys trade rules. That decision upheld the preliminary ruling. Indonesian authorities had argued that they needed to protect consumers from foods that may not meet Muslim halal dietary standards, but the WTO ruled the government had not provided evidence to support this concern. “This is a resounding victory for the United States that should result in increased export opportunities for US farmers and ranchers, as well as Indonesian consumer access to high-quality US agricultural products,” US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Light-hizer said in a statement. “This is a complete victory for the United States and its co-complainant New Zealand.” (THE JAKARTA POST)