|Export Requirements for Bahrain
BA-8 (Apr 18, 2012)
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- Fresh/frozen meat and poultry products.
- Effective April 27, 2009, all pork and pork products are ineligible.
Note: Shipments of pork and pork products for the U.S. military are eligible. The
following statement should appear in the "Remarks" section: "Product destined for
U.S. military use."
- Ritual-Islamic Halal slaughter requirements apply
- For all products, storage temperature must be included in the refrigeration
statement on the boxes to fully clarify the type of product being handled.
(EXAMPLE: "KEEP FROZEN - STORE AT OR BELOW -18°
C; KEEP CHILLED (OR REFRIGERATED) - STORE BETWEEN 0° C AND 5° C."
- In addition to the labeling features mandatory in the United States, packaged
meat and poultry must bear the following features:
- Bilingual labels - Arabic and English.
- Country of origin
- Production (slaughtering or freezing) and expiration dates are required
only on shipping containers for institutional packaging.
- Date format requirements for Bahrain must conform to the following:
Day/Month/Year for products with a shelf life of 3 months or less. For
products with a shelf life of more than 3 months, both the Day/Month/Year
and Month/Year formats are acceptable. Dating should be in numeric format
and bilingual (English/Arabic).*
- The use of the term "Keep Refrigerated" is not acceptable on labels for
- The shelf life determination for a product must start from production
- Metric net weight
- Product (Name and Lot) identification
- Irradiated Food Identification
- If a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter is required, a statement that the
animals have been slaughtered according to Islamic principles must be on
- The following methods of labeling are alternatives for adding production and
- Stickers, if used, must not obliterate label terminology and must be self
destructive on removal. Stick-on labels covering required labeling
features are not permitted. No sticker carrying the production and/or
expiration date is allowed on any product.
- Inserts must be accompanied by production and expiration dates. Inserts
must be made of approved materials.
- For prepackaged processed meat and poultry products, the production
(packaging or freezing), expiration dates, names and address of manufacture,
packer, importer, exporter, ingredients, country of origin, and the net weights of frozen
products are required on the label.
- Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5. Correct production and expiration dates should be
verified by inspection personnel prior to certification. All FSIS Form 9060-5
certificates must be dated and bear the signature and title of an FSIS
Bahrain requires that instructions for consumers concerning storage, preparation and other
special handling requirements accompany all shipments.
Note to Exporter
- Product shall be maintained frozen at a temperature not higher than
-18° C. with a recommended expiration date of 12 months for beef, mutton, buffalo,
and goat meat as well as poultry such as chicken, turkey, duck, and goose, and 9 months
for minced meat.
- The requirements specified herein are to be used as guidelines only. It is
the responsibility of the exporter to contact the importer to
determine which requirements must be fulfilled for a particular shipment.
Plants Eligible to Export
All Federally inspected establishments are eligible to export to the Bahrain.
Information Regarding Halal Certification
The following is presented as information for the exporter. FSIS is not responsible for certifying that products intended for export to Muslim countries meet appropriate requirements for religious slaughter. Procedures for export certification do not include agency oversight of the Halal process or review of the authenticity of the Halal certificate.
Islamic Slaughter Certification
The exporter must obtain a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter from an Islamic center or Islamic organization.
A Certificate of Islamic Slaughter is a certificate issued by a member of a Muslim organization recognized by
the importing country to provide this service; the certificate states that animals were slaughtered according
to Muslim religious requirements. This certificate must be endorsed by a Bahrain Consul and must accompany
U.S. exporters of meat and poultry that need guidance on Halal centers in the U.S. may contact the
Bahraini Embassy/Consulates for a list of Islamic Centers that they deal with.
BA-8 (Apr 18, 2012)