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UAE Health Standards

International agreements on health and hygiene standards for food reflect a country's legitimate concerns for the safety of its citizens, and also ensure that such standards are not misused as barriers to trade. Indian exporters can only gain by complying with bona fide regulations. The government should legislate to improve compliance.

It has been reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the import of meat from 10 Indian companies as they failed to adhere to the sanitary and phytosanitary measures as laid in the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The 10 companies from Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad have been banned from selling meat by the secretariat general of UAE municipalities, because these companies have not been complying with the health standards laid down in the specified regulations of the SPS.

UAE imports 2,500 tonnes of frozen and chilled meat products every month. Market sources say that about 14 tonnes of meat is imported daily from India, Pakistan and Somalia. Of this 9-10 tonnes is imported from India and Delhi’s share is 6 tonnes. Most of the banned companies are from Mumbai, from where 4 tonnes of mutton and beef are imported by the UAE daily.

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