UAE scopes out Philippine poultry

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chickenA UAE mission including halal inspectors recently took a tour of the Philippines to visit poultry plants just weeks after a ban on meats was lifted, a chief at the Philippine Department of Agriculture told Inside Investor.

The inspection mission from the UAE visited Cotabato, Mindanao on July 3 and Lucena City in Quezon province on July 2 to see a poultry dressing plant, Dr. Norodin Kuit, Chief of the Livestock Divison of DA-ARMM and a Lead Halal Auditor of the NGO Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board, Inc, told Inside Investor.

The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water announced on June 18 that the Gulf state would allow the “importation of all kind of live birds, meats, products, hatching eggs, chicks of one-day [age] from the Republic of Philippines.”

The ban had been in place since the avian flu scare in 2011, with its removal coming only after tough negotiating by the Philippine government.

“The ban was lifted because the Philippine government was able to convince the UAE through government-to-government negotiations that the there were no grounds. The ban was only implemented because of a scare of the avian flu, which never affected Philippine poultry,” Rita Palabyab, President of San Miguel Pure Foods (SMPF), the country’s largest poultry producer, told Inside Investor.

SMPF is also the only exporter of poultry in the country, with an overwhelming 95 per cent of its stock heading for Japan. The remainder is exported to Kuwait, which buys SMPF’s whole frozen chickens.

The Philippines is planning to up their stake in the halal market big time, with Cotabato being targeted as the site for a 3.7-hectare halal abattoir that has already broken ground, Dr Kuit said.

However, SMPF reluctantly admits that infighting among halal certification boards in the country make it hard to coordinate standard practices.

Every SMPF poultry plant on Mindanao is halal certified, a market that makes up about 10 to 15 per cent of total revenue.

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A UAE mission including halal inspectors recently took a tour of the Philippines to visit poultry plants just weeks after a ban on meats was lifted, a chief at the Philippine Department of Agriculture told Inside Investor.

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chickenA UAE mission including halal inspectors recently took a tour of the Philippines to visit poultry plants just weeks after a ban on meats was lifted, a chief at the Philippine Department of Agriculture told Inside Investor.

The inspection mission from the UAE visited Cotabato, Mindanao on July 3 and Lucena City in Quezon province on July 2 to see a poultry dressing plant, Dr. Norodin Kuit, Chief of the Livestock Divison of DA-ARMM and a Lead Halal Auditor of the NGO Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board, Inc, told Inside Investor.

The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water announced on June 18 that the Gulf state would allow the “importation of all kind of live birds, meats, products, hatching eggs, chicks of one-day [age] from the Republic of Philippines.”

The ban had been in place since the avian flu scare in 2011, with its removal coming only after tough negotiating by the Philippine government.

“The ban was lifted because the Philippine government was able to convince the UAE through government-to-government negotiations that the there were no grounds. The ban was only implemented because of a scare of the avian flu, which never affected Philippine poultry,” Rita Palabyab, President of San Miguel Pure Foods (SMPF), the country’s largest poultry producer, told Inside Investor.

SMPF is also the only exporter of poultry in the country, with an overwhelming 95 per cent of its stock heading for Japan. The remainder is exported to Kuwait, which buys SMPF’s whole frozen chickens.

The Philippines is planning to up their stake in the halal market big time, with Cotabato being targeted as the site for a 3.7-hectare halal abattoir that has already broken ground, Dr Kuit said.

However, SMPF reluctantly admits that infighting among halal certification boards in the country make it hard to coordinate standard practices.

Every SMPF poultry plant on Mindanao is halal certified, a market that makes up about 10 to 15 per cent of total revenue.

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