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THE ECONOMY - FOOD

Al Jazira Poultry farm gets HACCP certificate

Posted on 18/01/2004

Al Jazira Poultry Farm has become the first egg-producing farm in this region to get HACC (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) certification from SGS Gulf Ltd. HACCP is an internationally followed safe food quality assurance system. The certification implies that the certified food manufacturer or processor follows standard procedures that ensure product safety and quality. Al Jazira Poultry Farm is Dubai's first egg producing farm started in the year 1999. In four years, it has ...  >>MORE

UAE grocery retailing is growing at 5-10 per cent per annum

Posted on 14/01/2004

The UAE retailing industry is on a move and with the changing face of the economy in the next three to five years the industry led by food and grocery retailing would see some phenomenal growth. The National Bank of Dubai's quarterly report said the industry size for food and grocery retailing in the UAE is estimated at Dh4.1 billion for 2002 and growing at between five and 10 per cent per annum. It said that within food and grocery retailing, organised sector activity is expected to grow ...  >>MORE

UAE municipalities ban imports of beef from the US

Posted on 29/12/2003

The General Secretariat of the UAE Municipalities has decided to impose a ban on beef imports from the United States as a precautionary measure against Mad Cow disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) or BSE. The decision was taken yesterday during an emergency meeting of the Veterinary Monitoring Committee of the General Secretariat of the UAE Municipalities. The ban includes frozen and chilled beef as well as other beef-related foodstuff. The meeting which was presided over by Obaid bin ...  >>MORE

UAE bans meat and livestock import from Senegal

Posted on 10/12/2003

The UAE yesterday banned the import of meat and livestock from Senegal due to the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, RVF, according to a decision issued by Saeed bin Mohammed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The decision imposes full ban on the import of sheep, goats, cattle, camels and deer from Senegal as well as other animals from the same origin to prevent the spread of RVF. The decision authorised the Ministry's livestock Department to co-ordinate with relevant local ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi National Foodstuff net rises

Posted on 01/11/2003

The Abu Dhabi National Foodstuff Co (ADNF), a listed company, has reported a net profit of Dh6.34 million for first nine months this year, slightly higher than the Dh5.73 million the company earned last year in the same period. The increase in net profit is mainly a result of higher investment income. The company's total assets were Dh208.40 million, up sharply from Dh186.3 million last December. The company has a diversified investment portfolio with Dh61.7 million invested in real estate, ...  >>MORE

Al Rawabi's new factory marks steady growth

Posted on 25/10/2003

Al Rawabi Dairy Company marked the inauguration of its new factory yesterday in the presence of Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Financial and Industrial Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Rawabi. "We are gathering today in order to celebrate this special event of the inauguration of our new Al Rawabi Factory. This progression points out the abundance of the productive endurance and gradual growth and demand of our products. "Our pioneering position came from the ...  >>MORE

AD Municipality food centre ranked among best labs in world

Posted on 02/08/2003

The Food and Environment Control Centre of Abu Dhabi Municipality has been ranked third among the world's laboratories in terms of proficiency and accuracy in laboratory testing, according to a daily paper. Khaleej Times said the classification of the centre, which has recently been selected as secretariat for regional food laboratories, had come as part of a round of proficiency testing scheme known as UK Government's Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme (FAPAS), in which around 100 ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy invests Dh23.5m on new farm

Posted on 06/07/2003

Al Ain Dairy is constructing a new farm at Al Foha, Al Ain, with an investment outlay of Dh23.5 million as part of its expansion plans. The new farm will replace the company's foundation farm built in 1981 and aims to upgrade the dairy farming facilities. On completion, the new farm will complement the recent factory upgrade and ongoing construction of the headquarters on the Al Ain-Dubai highway and cold stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. "We are going through a very dynamic period at Al Ain ...  >>MORE

UAE bans live animal imports from Canada

Posted on 28/05/2003

The United Arab Emirates has banned imports of living cows and their products from Canada due to reports on cases of mad cow disease. A ministerial resolution issued by Minister of Agricultural and Fisheries Saeed Al Raqbani specified the banned imports as living cows, calves, sperms and fodder containing animal protein. Khalfan Abdul Aziz Al Suweidi, head of the Veterinary Quarantine Section, said the move was motivated by information from the Paris-based Office International des Epizooties ...  >>MORE

Efaff to invest Dh70m in new facility by October

Posted on 22/04/2003

Emirates Flour and Animal Feed Factory (Efaff) is investing Dh70 million in a new flour and animal feed plant which is expected to be completed in October, said company officials participating in the Agri-Business exhibition being held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. The Abu Dhabi-based company is undertaking expansion of two mills - the flour and animal feed mills - which will increase its production capacity. The new animal feed plant, which will have a production capacity of 30 ...  >>MORE

Nine yoghurt firms to standardise prices

Posted on 06/04/2003

Nine fresh yoghurt producers have agreed to standardise natural yoghurt prices starting May 1. The nine companies who signed the April 2 agreement are Al Rawabi Dairy Co, Al Ain Dairy Co, Marmum Dairy Co, National Food Products Company, Fujairah Dairy Co, Al Morouj Dairy Co, Digdaga Dairy Co, Al Marai Dairy Co and Nadec Dairy Co. The inclusion of yoghurt in the dairy products agreement, which is supported by the UAE Ministry of Finance and Industry, was recommended by the National Food ...  >>MORE

Consumer society warns of GMF hazards

Posted on 16/03/2003

A consumer's protection group has warned consumers in the UAE and the worldwide of the dangers posed by genetically modified foods (GMF). In a statement issued in Abu Dhabi yesterday to mark the International Day of Consumers' Rights, the UAE Consumers Protection Society said highlighting hazards of genetic intervention in products, in general, and foodstuff, in particular, aims to maintain public health and safety and stave off the danger it causes to food and environmental security. The ...  >>MORE

Dairy industry growth steady

Posted on 20/12/2002

The dairy industry is growing steadily, although it is facing stiff external competition as well as protectionism and dumping polices, the participants of a symposium were told here. The industry, which started with just 382 cows producing 97 tons of fresh milk in 1979, now fulfils 75 per cent of the UAE's dairy products requirements, said Prof Abdel Alim Metwally, dean of the College of Food Systems at UAE University. But by 1997, the production increased by 65 per cent with the growth of ...  >>MORE

UAE juice producers body planned

Posted on 08/12/2002

After successfully ending the price war in the UAE fresh milk market, the UAE Dairy Association is pushing its members to put some regulations into the juice market. A move is afoot to bring together the local juice producers under the banner of the UAE Juice Producers Association. The grouping is expected to be formed in the first quarter of next year, once the major players in the market (some of them are also members of the UAE Dairy Association) agree to do so. According to industry ...  >>MORE

UAE 'free from harmful infant powder formula'

Posted on 30/11/2002

The UAE is free from the three types of U.S.-manufactured powdered infant formula reported to be contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii, said a senior official from the Ministry of Health yesterday. Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Easa Ahmed bin Jakka Al Mansouri, Director of Drug Control Department at the Ministry of Health in Abu Dhabi, said the powdered infant formula imported by the UAE is manufactured in Ireland and Europe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted the public to the ...  >>MORE

Fruits and vegetables safe from pesticides: study

Posted on 30/11/2002

A team of experts in Abu Dhabi has confirmed that almost all vegetables and fruits sold in local markets are safe and pose no hazards to human health. The Pesticide Residue Analysis Section at the Food and Environment Control Centre of Abu Dhabi Municipality tested 155 samples of locally grown vegetables for pesticide residues. Around 68 per cent had no unacceptable residues. Eight samples of 32 samples found having quantities above the Maximum Residue Level (MRL). Out of 40 samples of locally ...  >>MORE

Masafi wins NSF certification - a first in UAE

Posted on 26/11/2002

NSF International, the globally recognised third party certifier of bottled water, has awarded market leader Masafi the top NSF certification for meeting international standards in product testing procedures, public health, safety and environmental quality. Masafi is now the first natural mineral water company in the UAE to win the certification, a press statement from the company said on Monday. Masafi received the certification after its products and facilities were subjected to thorough ...  >>MORE

Food processing sales hit Dh3 billion

Posted on 14/11/2002

Dubai's food and beverage processing sector had sales of Dh3 billion in 2001, according to figures released by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday. Compared with 2000, sales grew by 4.4 per cent. Around 50 food and beverage industry executives attended the first meeting on Tuesday at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry of a new business group dedicated to the sector. The aim of the new group is to articulate member interests more effectively with the support and legal ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Farms plan to increase Camel's milk output

Posted on 07/09/2002

In many arid zones camel plays a central role as a milk supplier and its milk represents the mainstay of the desert nomads' food. Al Ain Dairy Farms has picked up this recipe to make good business. The company was the first to produce camel's milk in the UAE dairy market. Building on that success, the company is planning to increase production capacity to meet the growing demand from local consumers. Director General of the company Ismail Hassan said that President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan ...  >>MORE

Al Ain vegetable unit in Dh30m expansion

Posted on 20/08/2002

Al Ain Vegetable Processing and Canning Factory plans a Dh30 million expansion project that will raise current daily production capacity from 600 to 1200 tonnes of fresh tomatoes. The expansion project, which is expected to be complete by 2004, will help the factory introduce new products and boost its exports. The installation of a new beans production line will also start in the next two months and will be completed by early next year. The factory is currently producing three frozen ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy to double capacity

Posted on 27/06/2002

Al Ain Dairy, a 100 per cent local entity, will double production capacity to around 200 tonnes per day (tpd) by next year, a senior company official said yesterday. "The market in the UAE is growing rapidly and Al Ain Dairy will increase production to 200 tpd from the present 100 tpd with more investment," Mohammed Al Suwaidi, board member of Al Ain Dairy, said. The investment outlay was not disclosed. As the first dairy set up in the country and one of the market leaders, Al Ain Dairy is ...  >>MORE

12 major UAE poultry units form body

Posted on 25/06/2002

Encouraged by the formation of the UAE Dairy Producers Association and to protect the national industry from dumping, 12 major UAE poultry producers recently formed an association. With investments worth over Dh1 billion and major contributions by local governments, the nation produces around 270 million eggs and 30 million chicken annually, said Sheikh Hamed bin Khadim bin Butti Al Hamed, chairman of the UAE Poultry Association. The association was a necessity because the national industry ...  >>MORE

UAE extends import ban on EU cows

Posted on 05/06/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has decided to extend the ban on the import of cows from the EU, Eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries due to the continued prevalence of mad cow disease in those countries. Acting Director of the Animal Resources Department at the ministry Abdullah Sultan said on Tuesday the decision was taken in the light of the health reports which were received from the Paris-based International Epidemics Bureau, which confirmed that new infections of mad ...  >>MORE

UAE lifts ban on Pakistani livestock

Posted on 11/04/2002

Saeed bin Mohammed Al Ragabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries issued here today a ministerial decree lifting an import ban imposed on Pakistani live-stock and their products, which were earlier banned in the country for fear of infection. The Cow Plague, a threatening disease to both animal and human health, was eradicated in Pakistan through the efforts of the EU, the UN International Epidemic Diseases Organisation and the Government of Pakistan. In the light of this development, the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality gets ISO 17025 award

Posted on 26/03/2002

The Food and Environment control Centre, FECC of Abu Dhabi Municipality has bee awarded the ISO 17025, to become the first scientific institution in the Gulf region to obtain this widely-accepted accreditation standard. According to Dr Amin Mohammed Yousef, Director of the Centre, the achievement was in line with the centre's development and improvement policy which aims at enabling the institution to carry out its role in testing and calibrating services in the field of food and environment to ...  >>MORE

UAE makes progress in achieving food security

Posted on 20/01/2002

The UAE has achieved total self-sufficiency in its fresh fish requirements and dates, but meeting the overall challenge of food security is an ongoing exercise that needs to be constantly addressed, Saeed Al Raqabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said yesterday. Al Raqabani asserted that the UAE has made steady steps in this direction, with the agricultural sector's contribution standing at 5 per cent at the end of 2000. The country has also attained 83 per cent self-sufficiency ...  >>MORE

UAE bans import of Japanese cows and beef products

Posted on 27/12/2001

Saeed Mohammed Al Raqabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, banned imports of live cows and all beef products from Japan into the UAE on 22 December. His decision was made after the receiving information from the Paris based International Plague Office that cases of Mad Cow Disease had been detected in Japan. The ban 'will have no impact on the UAE market, as the UAE does not import meat products from Japan', said Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director of the Public Health ...  >>MORE

Dairy milk production industry should diversify: EIB study

Posted on 05/11/2001

The dairy milk production industry in the UAE is today facing a situation of 'excess' due to spectacular growth and success in the last two decades. "Diversification into import substitutive products is certainly a way to address the excess capacity situation. There are several dairy products in the GCC markets, particularly long-life ones, which are imported from outside the region,” stated a new study on the industry by the Journal of the Emirates Industrial Bank (EIB). "The problem of excess ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for fighting poverty, hunger, and diseases

Posted on 04/11/2001

Saeed bin Mohammed Al Ragabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said yesterday that his election for chairmanship of the 31st General Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, underlined the remarkable position enjoyed by the UAE at international forums. ' The UAE extends development aid to and finances farming and water projects in different countries of the world at times of disasters and crises without discrimination thanks to the sound policies of President H.H. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans modernisation of food industry

Posted on 13/08/2001

The Food and Environment Control centre of Abu Dhabi Municipality (FECC) will soon start implementing a new plan aimed at upgrading food industry in the capital. According to the plan, the food industry will see many quality improvements of products and a special market will be opened for good quality and cost-effective products. The plan envisages several mechanisms which will be devised to promote trade exchange between the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) states especially in ...  >>MORE

Curbs on sale of 5-gallon water bottles

Posted on 08/08/2001

The Dubai Municipality has issued an order making it mandatory for groceries and supermarkets to obtain prior approval for selling five-gallon drinking water bottles. According to Khalid Mohammed Shareef Al Awadi, Head of Food Control Section at the Public Health Department, said the decision had been taken in view of complaints about fraudulent practices and violation of health and hygiene regulations. The civic body would give permission to sell the five-gallon drinking water bottles to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi bans artificial additives in fruit cocktails

Posted on 04/08/2001

The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department yesterday denied a report that it had banned the sale of fruit cocktails prepared in cafes and restaurants. A Municipality official said the report in a local Arabic newspaper was untrue. However, the official said a decision had been taken to ban drinks containing artificial additives and flavourings. Dr Awadh Osman of the Food and Environment Control Centre (FECC) said fruit cocktails made with artificial colours and flavours have been ...  >>MORE

Civic body rejected 16pc of imported foodstuff last year

Posted on 23/07/2001

Nearly 16 per cent of the 1.53 million tonnes of foodstuff imported into Dubai last year was rejected by the authorities for a variety of reasons, including inaccurate labelling information and unsatisfactory quality of goods. The inspection of food products was carried out by the Food Control Section of the Public Health Department of Dubai Municipality at seven ports of entry and four major central food markets. Dubai receives over 15,000 varieties of major food products from over 90 ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy to launch Gefilac

Posted on 26/06/2001

Al Ain Dairy said it will bring health food probiotic Gefilac (Lactobacillus GG) to the UAE through its new partnership with Finnish Valio Limited. Gefilac, which is a live culture, has been scientifically proven to help fight harmful bacteria to keep the body healthy, improve and maintain a healthy digestive tract and keep consumers fit and strong. Al Ain said the food market in the UAE is very large and the new partnership makes the company the first producer in the UAE to create premium ...  >>MORE

Ban on additives in fresh juices

Posted on 19/06/2001

The Municipality has issued a warning to cafeterias, restaurants and other food outlets that the use of artificial colours and additives in fresh juices is banned. The Food Control Section issued notices after laboratory tests on samples of fresh juices showed the presence of non-permitted colours. The Food and Environment Laboratory carried out the tests last month, which also showed that artificial colouring and additives greatly affected the nutritional quality of fresh juices. The Food ...  >>MORE

UAE bans Chinese poultry

Posted on 10/06/2001

The General Secretariat of UAE Municipalities banned the import of poultry and eggs from China as a precautionary measure in the wake of discovering a number of chickens infected with chicken flu. The imported chickens were imported from Hong Kong. The municipality has ordered officials at all seaports, airports and land entry points to implement the ban until the poultry and eggs imported from China proved to be safe. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy in tie-up with Marbo

Posted on 06/06/2001

Leading UAE-based diary producer Al Ain Diary said it has signed an exclusive partnership with California-based Marbo, to manufacture Tampico fruit drink in the UAE. Tampico Citrus Punch is the top-selling fruit drink in California, USA, holding 52 per cent of the market share and is currently marketed in 48 countries across the world. Two Tampico flavours, mango punch and citrus punch, in 250 ml, half-litre and two-litre plastic bottles will be produced in the UAE by Al Ain Diary, a press ...  >>MORE

Livestock imports to resume from three African countries

Posted on 27/05/2001

The UAE will resume import of livestock, cows, sheep, goats and camels from Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan, following a ministerial decree issued last week lifting a ban on such imports. The ban was imposed in September last year following reports of an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) among animals and humans in the southern part of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. In addition to Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan, the UAE had also banned import of livestock from seven other African countries - Uganda, ...  >>MORE

UAE bans beef imports from Saudi Arabia

Posted on 04/04/2001

The United Arab Emirates banned today imports of livestock from Saudi Arabia after the break out of the contagious foot-and-mouth disease. A ministerial resolution issued by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Mohammed Saeed Al Ragabani has absolutely banned imports of live cows, goats and sheep from Saudi Arabia as part of the country's precautionary measures to protect its national animal wealth. The resolution instructed the director of animal wealth department to co-ordinate efforts with ...  >>MORE

UAE bans importation of British livestock

Posted on 03/03/2001

The United Arab Emirates has banned the importation of livestock and other wild animals from Britain as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of people and animals in the country. The ban was issued today in a ministerial decree by Saeed Mohammed Ragabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, who ordered the Director of the Animal Resources to co-ordinate with the appropriate quarters in the country to enforce the ban, which takes effect from the date of its issue until further notice. ...  >>MORE

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Al Jazira Poultry farm gets HACCP certificate


UAE grocery retailing is growing at 5-10 per cent per annum


UAE municipalities ban imports of beef from the US


UAE bans meat and livestock import from Senegal


Abu Dhabi National Foodstuff net rises


Al Rawabi's new factory marks steady growth


AD Municipality food centre ranked among best labs in world


Al Ain Dairy invests Dh23.5m on new farm


UAE bans live animal imports from Canada


Efaff to invest Dh70m in new facility by October


Nine yoghurt firms to standardise prices


Consumer society warns of GMF hazards


Dairy industry growth steady


UAE juice producers body planned


UAE 'free from harmful infant powder formula'


Fruits and vegetables safe from pesticides: study


Masafi wins NSF certification - a first in UAE


Food processing sales hit Dh3 billion


Al Ain Farms plan to increase Camel's milk output


Al Ain vegetable unit in Dh30m expansion


Al Ain Dairy to double capacity


12 major UAE poultry units form body


UAE extends import ban on EU cows


UAE lifts ban on Pakistani livestock


Abu Dhabi Municipality gets ISO 17025 award


UAE makes progress in achieving food security


UAE bans import of Japanese cows and beef products


Dairy milk production industry should diversify: EIB study


UAE calls for fighting poverty, hunger, and diseases


Abu Dhabi plans modernisation of food industry


Curbs on sale of 5-gallon water bottles


Abu Dhabi bans artificial additives in fruit cocktails


Civic body rejected 16pc of imported foodstuff last year


Al Ain Dairy to launch Gefilac


Ban on additives in fresh juices


UAE bans Chinese poultry


Al Ain Dairy in tie-up with Marbo


Livestock imports to resume from three African countries


UAE bans beef imports from Saudi Arabia


UAE bans importation of British livestock