Thailand’s leading chicken producer and exporter, Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc, is confident its production process will meet halal standards required by the United Arab Emirates.
UAE authorities recently visited CPF’s chicken plant in Minburi.
Four Thai chicken processors were picked randomly by the Agriculture Ministry to determine whether their production processes meet the UAE’s halal requirements. CPF is one of them.
“They expressed satisfaction with our system,” said Suphachai Aungsupakorn, senior vice-president of Food Processing and Poultry Business of CPF.
Before approving the purchase of Thai chicken, the UAE will have its technical team conduct a comprehensive inspection of the Thai production system.
According to Aungsupakorn, CPF used to export approximately 3,000 tonnes/year of halal chicken meat to the UAE, but the shipments have been suspended since the UAE set a new rule requiring the presence of a halal supervisor at each plant.
CPF executives said expanding into the UAE market would help the company meet its chicken export target of 100,000 tonnes this year.
In the picture: UAE authority Jassem Mohammed Bin Darwish, secretary-general of the General Secretariat of Municipalities and Suphachai Aungsupakorn at CPF’s chicken processing plant in Minburi, Bangkok.