Thai chicken exports to Middle East approved by UAE
Thailand's export of cooked chicken has been approved by the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as the
certification of of Thai Halal brand, poultry slaughterhouses,
and processing factories in Thailand.
The Agriculture and Co-operatives
Minister Thira Sutabutr has confirmed that the municipal council of the UAE has
approved the Thai Halal brand, 24 chicken slaughterhouses, and 36 chicken
processing factories. This follows a recent visit of senior officials from the
UAE municipal council to Thailand to inspect and assess the Halal food
production processes run by the Islamic Committee Office of Thailand.
The UAE also certified the
quality of Thai cooked chicken products to be exported to the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) countries. This includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the
UAE, and the Sultanate of Oman.
The Arab countries agreed to
each permit the importing of products from any country approved by any
other GCC country member. This UAE approval also presents a good
opportunity for Thai cooked chicken products to penetrate GCC country markets,
of which exports are expected to reach 10,000 tonnes in volume, worth Bt700
million (€17 million) in value in 2007.
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