Indonesia receipt of proposals for international standards of Tempe has a breath of fresh air for the industry. They had the opportunity to penetrate export markets to countries, especially those with quite a lot of vegetarian groups. Standardization will be a guarantee to consumers the products they consume eligibility.
Indonesia's proposal was accepted by Codex, the container with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO). The proposal was presented at the 34th session of Codex in Geneva, Switzerland, 4 to 9 July 2011. Since then, the international standardization for the tempe was prepared. Indonesia is one country that is assigned as the standardization of the drafting team. Until now, the international standard was still simmering.
National Standardization Agency, as the teams involved, states, international standards are made in stages. First for the Asia Pacific region, after it had spread to Europe, Africa, and else where. Key points in the standard of Tempe is about quality, durability, and the content of tempe.
To the local level is already established Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for soybean since October 2009. Its ISO code is SNI3144: 2009.In these standards, soy tempe is defined as the product obtained in the fermentation of soybean seeds using fungi Rhizopus sp, compact solid-shaped, white, slightly grayish, and the distinctive smell of tempe.
Unfortunately, many soybean production that does not meet these standards. Tempe only export-oriented effort to meet these standards. However, these standards are not necessarily acceptable to all countries so that international standards are needed.
Tempe is a typical Indonesian food is also consumed by the number of countries, like Australia, Japan, Korea, India, and Malaysia. Most of the vegetarian customers. Vegetarian trend continues to grow every year. In India, for example, the number of vegetarians is estimated at 399 million people, while in the United States about 20 million people. (Eny PRIHTIYANI)
Source : Erlangga Djumena - bisniskeuangan.kompas.com