Indonesian top Muslim organization says civet coffee halal

16:24, July 20, 2010      

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Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) on Tuesday declared that the world's most expensive and unusual coffee extrected by civet cat was halal or not forbidden according to Islamic law, chairman of the council Umar Shihab said in Jakarta, dismissing concern that the commodity's growing industry from collapse.

The decision was made following concern that the coffee so called "Kopi Luwak," mix with the feces of the cat during fermentation at the stomach, which can make it unclean and against the Islamic law for consumption.

"After we investigated, the coffee bean does not mix with the feces, there is a layer of skin of the bean which separate it with the feces. So it is halal," he told Xinhua after the council meeting on the issue.

The council would soon issue an edict or fatwa for the decision this month, the chairman said.

The demand of the commodity has been on the rise from consumers in Europe, the United States and other foreign countries due to its smooth taste and bitterless flavor, spokesman of the Indonesian Trade Ministry Robert Bintaryo told Xinhua.

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