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UAE halal certification officials praise Thai standards

Jan 07. 2020
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By THE NATION

Bureau of Livestock Standards and Certification director Sopat Chavalkul said UAE halal certification officials have voiced appreciation for Thailand’s halal standards amid a drive by the agency to promote the export of livestock products to the United Arab Emirates.

The director made the comment after he attended a recent meeting with officials from the UAE’s Climate Change and Environment Ministry and the Ajman Municipality.

“Exports can be carried out on the condition that the products pass UAE halal certification,” he said.

“UAE officials visited Thailand in December to evaluate the quality of slaughter houses, checking on the standard of food safety,” Sopat said.

During their December 16-19 trip, the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) team was welcomed by the Central Islamic Council of Thailand and Department of Livestock Development representatives.

The EIAC is the Gulf country’s halal certification agency.

The UAE centre voiced its appreciation for Thailand’s halal system, which was praised for being a prominent halal-standard system in the world.

The EIAC check was undertaken in accordance with International Organisation for Standardisation guidelines. 

“This is expected to help generate more revenue – over Bt1 billion – for Thailand,” Sopat added.

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