Export - 4/26/2022, QA-73
Last update Apr 26, 2022
1. Fresh/frozen red meat and meat products, except pork.
2. Fresh/Chilled and frozen poultry and poultry products except as listed under ineligible below.
3. Poultry products heated to a core temperature of 70°C for at least 3.6 seconds or 74°C for at least 1 (one second).
4. Pork and pork products: Only through the Qatari based “Qatar Distribution Company”, which is the only company authorized by the Qatari Government to import pork and pork products into Qatar.
5. Pork and pork products may be allowed entry into Qatar for U.S. military use.
Note: U.S. poultry exporters must confirm with Qatari importers that products will be permitted entry by obtaining a valid import permit and any other required documentation from the competent government health authorities prior to export. Exporters with valid import permits shipping from any avian influenza affected zones do so at their own risk. USDA certification does not guarantee entry of the product into Qatar.
- Pork and pork products
- Fresh/Chilled/Frozen poultry and poultry products produced: In the United States and shipped on or after April 10, 2022. *
A. Fresh/frozen meat and poultry. In addition to the labeling features mandatory in the United States, packaged meat and poultry must bear the following features:
1. Production (slaughter/freezing) and expiration dates shall be engraved or printed or stamped by irremovable ink directly on all packages or on their original label by the producer only. Adding stickers for production and expiry dates is not permissible. Date format requirements for Qatar 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. Dating should be in numeric format and bilingual (English/Arabic).
2. Arabic stickers are allowed.
3. A statement that the product has been slaughtered according to Islamic principles is required.
4. Metric Net Weight - Presently, Qatar has a tolerance of 10 percent variation in the labeled net weight.
5. Country of origin must be mentioned on the label.
- All shipments of meat and meat products must be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness, issued through PHIS..
- All shipments of poultry and poultry products must be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness, issued through PHIS. The applicant must select the following statement when completing the export application. PHIS will add this statement to FSIS Form 9060-5B:
The poultry from which the products were derived originate from a county that is free of notifiable avian influenza as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
- All FSIS Form 9060-5 certificates must be dated and have the signature and title of an FSIS veterinarian. PHIS will apply “DVM” to the digital signature.
A. Special Handling - Qatar requires that instructions for consumers concerning storage, preparation and other special handling requirements accompany shipments.
B. Packaging - Vacuum packaging is not required.
A. Qatar Laboratory Sampling. Random samples are routinely collected from meat and poultry products entering Qatar. Product is examined for:
2. Salmonellae and other pathogenic bacteria.
3. Total bacteria counts.
4. Heavy metals.
5. Species identification tests for pork tissue, including lard, in formulated product.
B. Recommended shelf life for frozen beef and poultry products is twelve (12) months; for minced meats it is nine (9) months; for fresh beef it is 21 days; and for fresh mutton it is 14 days.
All Federally inspected establishments are eligible for export to Qatar.
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
A certificate of Islamic (Halal) Slaughter is required. Exporters may obtain a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter from a member of an Islamic Center or Islamic organization listed below. 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. This certificate must accompany products labeled "'Halal". The certificate must be endorsed by the Qatar Consulate in the exporting country and must accompany all shipments. In the absence of a Qatari Embassy/Consulate, endorsement by any of the GCC or Arab Embassy/Consulates will be accepted.
Halal certification will be required for the following products:
A. Fresh/frozen unprocessed products bearing 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.
B. Processed products with Halal label claims, raw materials used in processed products with Halal label claims must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate.
Approved Islamic Halal Certifiers in the U.S.
Effective immediately, the list of U.S.-based Islamic organizations that have been approved as Halal certifiers for exports of meat and foods containing meat and poultry products from the United States to Qatar can be found here.
All questions regarding Halal certification should be directed to the point of contact provided below:
State of Qatar Ministry of Public Health
Phone: +974 4407 0000