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Export Requirements for United Arab Emirates

AE-69 (Aug 31, 2017)

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Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible Products
    1. Fresh/frozen meat and meat products.
      1. Beef and beef products.
      2. Veal and veal products.
      3. Lamb, mutton and goat meat and products.
      4. 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).
    2. Fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products except as indicated in Ineligible  Products section below. Effective May 26, 2016, fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products originating from the State of Indiana are eligible.
  2. Ineligible Products
    1. Poultry and poultry products, except thermally processed products, originating from the State of Indiana shipped prior to May 26, 2016.
    2. Poultry and poultry products, except thermally processed products, originating from Lincoln County, Tennessee shipped on or after March 4, 2017 and before August 27, 2017 are ineligible.*

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.


Labeling Requirements

  1. 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. "
  2. 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):
    1. Production (slaughtering or freezing) and expiration dates.
      1. 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.
      2. The expiration date must be calculated from the date the product was packed.
      3. The UAE permits expiration dates on bagged poultry to be printed on adhesive tape wrapped around metal clip area.
    2. 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.)
    3. 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).
    4. Country of origin.
    5. Metric net weight labeling is required.
    6. Alcoholic materials and species of animal fats, gelatin, food additives and blood must be declared on label when product contains such materials.
  3. The following methods of labeling are alternatives to meeting the requirements for labeling packaged fresh/frozen meat and poultry:
    1. 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.
    2. Inserts, if used, must be accompanied by production and expiration dates. Inserts must be made of approved materials.
  4. Canned Goods - Expiration and production dates must be preprinted on the labels or on the bottom of the cans.
  5. 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".


Certification Requirements
 

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

  1. For all poultry and poultry products, except thermally treated products, the following statement must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5: "The poultry from which the products were derived originate from a county that is free of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza as defined by the OIE for the previous 3 months.”
  2. "Samples for display at the Gulfood Show" should be indicated on the product cartons and in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5.


Handling/Storage Requirements

  1. 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

  1. Expiration Period
    1. 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.
    2. Chilled vacuum-packed meat/poultry has an expiration period of 3 months.
    3. 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 (Halal) Certification

The following is presented only 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. The exporter must obtain a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter 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 and must accompany all shipments.

All questions regarding Halal certification should be directed to the points of contact provided below:

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology
Website: http://halal.ae/en-us
Email:  halal@esma.gov.ae
Phone: +971 600 565554

Dubai Municipality
Food Safety Department
Email: info@dm.gov.ae
Phone: +971 4 2064205 or +971 4 2064280


Slaughter Requirements

Ritual: Islamic Halal Slaughter requirements apply.
 

  1. 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 Muslim religious requirements. The certificate must accompany products labeled "Halal".
  2. Halal certification will be required for the following products:
    1. 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.
    2. On processed products with Halal label claims, raw materials used must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate.
Last Modified Aug 31, 2017