The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture has rejected accusations from the authorities in Japan that cocoa exported to Japan from Indonesia contained dangerous levels of the chemical compound 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).
In 2009, Japan lodged a complaint against Indonesia, claiming that the level of 2,4-D was more than 0.01 ppm, which is dangerous for health.
However, Indonesia’s Director General for Plantations, Achmad Manggabarani said that Indonesia had now completed its own tests on the cocoa and said the results showed that the 2,4-D content of the cocoa was “very small” and “was not at dangerous level.” He said the ministry would deliver the result to the Japanese government “soon.”
“Although our cocoa exports to Japan are small we must clear this issue. This is about the image of our products. We must manage the good image at the international market,” he said.