Export Requirements for United Arab Emirates
AE-59 (Jun 24, 2015)
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- Eligible Products
- Fresh/frozen meat and meat products.
- Beef and beef products.
- Veal and veal products.
- Lamb, mutton and goat meat and products.
- Pork and pork products. Halal certification is not required for pork and pork products. However, general labeling requirements, including production and expiration dates, apply (see Labeling Requirements below).
- Fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products, except as indicated in Ineligible Products section below.
- Fresh/frozen meat and meat products.
- Ineligible Products
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of Arkansas shipped on or after March 11, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of California shipped on or after January 26, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the States of Idaho on or after December 19, 2014
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of Iowa on or after April 13, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of Kansas on or after March 13, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of Minnesota shipped on or after March 5, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of Missouri shipped on or after March 9, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of Montana on or after April 1, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the States of Oregon on or after December 19, 2014.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the State of South Dakota on or after April 1, 2015.
- Poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, originating from the States of Washington on or after December 19, 2014.
- Poultry and poultry products except thermally treated products, originating from the States of Wisconsin and North Dakota on or after April 11, 2015.
Note: Thermal processing means poultry products that were heat-treated to a core temperature of 70⁰C for at least 3.6 seconds or 74⁰C for at least 1 (one) second during processing.
Note: Shipments of poultry and poultry products to the U.S. military from the ineligible states indicated above will not be allowed entry into the UAE.
- All products - Storage temperature must be placed with the refrigeration statement on the label to fully clarify the type of product being handled. (Example: "Keep frozen - store at or below ___ degree C; Keep chilled (or refrigerated) - store between ___ degree C and ____ degree C. "
- Fresh/frozen meat and poultry. In addition to the labeling features mandatory in the United States, precut and packaged meat and poultry must include the following features (in print):
- Production (slaughtering or freezing) and expiration dates.
- Date format requirements for UAE must conform to the following: Day/Month/Year for products with a shelf life of three (3) months or less. For products with a shelf life of more than three (3) months, both the Day/Month/Year and Month/Year formats are acceptable.
- The expiration date must be calculated from the date the product was packed.
- The UAE permits expiration dates on bagged poultry to be printed on adhesive tape wrapped around metal clip area.
- Statement that product has been slaughtered according to Islamic principles. (Note: The UAE does not require reference to Islamic slaughter on consumer packages, but exporters should be aware that such product would have limited distribution.)
- Shelf life of Product. Shelf life limits have been determined for chilled vacuum packaged meat, and fresh and chilled other meat/poultry products. Fast spoiling foods with a shelf-life not exceeding 3 months must have complete date stated on the label (day/month/year).
- Country of origin.
- Metric net weight labeling is required.
- Alcoholic materials and species of animal fats, gelatin, food additives and blood must be declared on label when product contains such materials.
- Production (slaughtering or freezing) and expiration dates.
- The following methods of labeling are alternatives to meeting the requirements for labeling packaged fresh/frozen meat and poultry:
- Arabic sticker may be used but must not obliterate label terminology and be self-destructive on removal. Stick-on labels covering required label features are not permitted.
- Inserts, if used, must be accompanied by production and expiration dates. Inserts must be made of approved materials.
- Canned Goods - Expiration and production dates must be preprinted on the labels or on the bottom of the cans.
- Meat and poultry products exclusively for display at the USA Pavilion at the Gulfood Show are not required to fully comply with UAE labeling requirements. However, these products are required to be clearly marked as "SAMPLES FOR THE GULFOOD SHOW, not for commercial sale".
All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product must be signed by an FSIS veterinarian. The veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the signature
- For all poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, the following statement must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5: "There have been no outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza involving commercial poultry in the zone of origin in the 3 months prior to slaughter."*
- "Samples for display at the Gulfood Show" should be indicated on the product cartons and in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5.
- The United Arab Emirates requires that instructions for consumers concerning storage, preparation and other special handling requirements accompany all shipments. These instructions should be addressed to the UAE Municipality.
Note to Exporter
- Expiration Period
- The United Arab Emirates, as per revised and updated Gulf Standard 150/2007 for Shelf Life Standard, recommends 12 months shelf life for frozen meat and poultry.
- Chilled vacuum-packed meat/poultry has an expiration period of 3 months.
- The shelf-life (expiration period) for other meat/poultry is defined by the product. Please consult the importer for the recommended shelf life of product ordered.
Plants Eligible to Export
All Federally inspected establishments are eligible to export to the UAE. If products are to be labeled "HALAL", the plant must be able to accommodate the Islamic requirements.
Islamic Slaughter 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.
UAE health authorities require that all shipments of U.S. food products containing meat, poultry and their products that are produced outside of the U.S. to be accompanied by the following certificates:
- An Original Slaughter Certificate for the products produced in the third country, issued by one of the approved Halal centers in that country.
- An Original Halal Products Certificate issued by one of the approved U.S. Halal centers. This certificate should be based on the Halal certificate issued by the approved Halal center in the country from which the meat or poultry ingredient was sourced.
Ritual: Islamic Halal Slaughter requirements apply.
- Ritual Slaughter - Islamic Slaughter Certification, in addition to FSIS certification, is required. The exporter must obtain a Certificate of Islamic (Halal) Slaughter from a member of 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 Moslem religious requirements. The certificate must accompany products labeled "Halal." The certificate must be endorsed by the United Arab Emirates Embassy or Consulate. The contact information for accredited Islamic Centers and Islamic Organizations is listed below.
- Halal certification will be required for the following products:
- On fresh/frozen unprocessed product, Halal label claims must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate or a written assurance from the exporter that an appropriate Halal certificate will be supplied to accompany that shipment before it reaches its destination.
- On processed products with Halal label claims, raw materials used must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate.
Approved Islamic Halal Certifiers in the U.S.
The following U.S.-based Islamic organizations have been approved as Halal certifiers for exports of meat and foods containing meat and animal products to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE typically requires foreign certifiers to undergo a visit by UAE authorities and a review of certification procedures and staffing as part of the approval process. All U.S.-based Islamic Halal certifiers listed below are approved by the UAE for nationwide certification.
Note: Effective October 26, 2014, Islamic Services of America, Cedar Rapids, IA is no longer approved to issue halal certificates for exports to the UAE. Halal certificates issued before October 26, 2014, remain valid.
- Halal Transactions of Omaha
P.O. Box 4546
Omaha, NE 68104 USA
Tel: (402) 572-6120
Cell: (402) 659-8191
Fax: (402) 572-4020
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Rep: Dr. Ahmed Alabsy, President
- International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
500 Grove Street
Herndon, VA 20170 USA
Tel: (703) 471-1133
Fax: (703) 471-3922
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Contact: Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Vice President
- Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA)
777 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Contact: Dr. Muhammad Chaudry
- Islamic Society of Washington Authority (ISWA)
1712 Eye St., N.W., Suite 602
Washington, DC 20006
Contact: Haji Habib Ghanim, Sr.
- Islamic Society of Columbus (ISC)
Islamic Society of Columbus, GA
1206 Piedmont, Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Contact: Ramin Mohagheghi
For assistance in locating the nearest UAE Consulate, contact:
The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Court, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Ph: (202) 243-2400
Fax: (202) 243-2432